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Uber fires executive who obtained Indian rape victims


Despite Uber's top executives allegedly knowing Alexander had obtained the rape victim's medical records, he remained employed by the company for the last three years.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick reportedly sent a freakish email to staff in 2013 explaining the conditions under which they could have sex with each other during a company outing in Miami.

And in a recent interview with USA TODAY, Uber HR boss Liane Hornsey suggested that sexual harassment was not among the company's top issues, adding that employee morale and compensation were the major concerns. Another 31 employees have been required to attend training, seven were given final warnings and 57 complaints are still being reviewed.

In the India case, a 26-year-old woman was raped and assaulted after hailing an Uber ride which drew widespread media attention. "She had filed a lawsuit against the company, saying that Uber's "hollow" safety and driver screening practices was the cause for her unsafe situation". Although the company has not commented officially on its IPO plans, investors think that Kalanick would not be the right person to take the company though an IPO.

The driver involved in the incident, who already had four other criminal charges on him, was then sentenced to life in prison.

However, it began operating in the capital later again.

Verma also said it would have been inappropriate for Uber to gain possession of the records, as they were "very private and sensitive documents". It's not clear if Uber continues to have a copy.

In December 2014, an Uber driver named Shiv Kumar Yadav accepted a ride request by a woman in New Delhi.

As most start-ups, Uber's focus has so far been on hiring quickly and driving employees to work really hard.

The reports come amid a far-reaching investigation into misconduct and workplace practices at Uber, which operates in dozens of countries and is valued at some $68 billion.

The ongoing investigations in Uber, undertaken because of allegations of sexual abuse and mismanagement in what is world's biggest start-up, about 20 employees have been fired while at least 100 others are being now investigated.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick urged attendees at a 2013 company party to make sure sex was consensual and discouraged anyone from throwing kegs off a building, according to an internal memo obtained by tech news site Recode. The woman also sued Uber, but later settled out of court. In a statement to BuzzFeed, Ola Cabs referred to its rival's suggestions as "despicable" and "low on morality".

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