Uber to settle US lawsuit filed by Delhi rape victim for breaching privacy

Published On: 09, Dec 2017 | Source: business-standard.com

Technologies Inc and a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in have agreed to settle a civil lawsuit the woman filed against in June, according to a US federal filing on Friday.

The driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, in a criminal case in He was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison.

The Indian woman had previously settled a civil US lawsuit against in 2015, but sued the company again in a San Francisco federal saying that shortly after the incident, a US executive "met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff's confidential medical records." kept a copy of those records, the lawsuit said.

The woman was living in the United States when she filed the lawsuit.

Terms of the were not disclosed in the document. A spokesman for San Francisco-based declined to comment. An attorney for the woman could not immediately be reached for comment.

The comes as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August, is seeking to put several scandals behind the company following eight years of CEO Travis Kalanick's pugnacious leadership, which led to rule-breaking around the world.

The lawsuit cited several media reports that said Kalanick and others doubted the victim's account of her ordeal.

"executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber's business," the lawsuit said.

A source with knowledge of the matter previously told Reuters that Kalanick had told other executives he believed the incident had been staged by Indian ride-services rival Ola.

In a prior statement, while Kalanick was CEO, said: "No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we're truly sorry that she's had to relive it."

A spokesman for Kalanick was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Uber's actions have led to a criminal probe by the US Department of Justice of whether managers violated U.S. bribery laws, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company said in June.

The Justice Department did not say on what country or countries the investigation centered on. Bloomberg said it focused on activity in at least five Asian countries. has also notified U.S. authorities about payments made by staff to police officers in Indonesia, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

previously hired law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP to investigate how it obtained the medical records of the victim, Reuters reported in June.