Uber Will Settle Lawsuit Filed by Rape Victim in India

Uber Technologies Inc. and a woman who accused Uber’s top executives of obtaining her personal medical records improperly after she was raped in India by a driver of the company have agreed to a settlement that will end a civil lawsuit she filed in June against Uber, indicated a court filing Friday.

The driver was found guilty of rape in an India court and sentenced to life behind bars in 2015. The rape took place in 2014 in Delhi.

In 2015, the woman previously had settled a civil lawsuit in the U.S. against Uber, but she sued the ride-hailing company again in federal court in San Francisco saying that just after the rape took place, an executive in the U.S. from Uber met with police in Delhi and obtained the confidential medical records of the plaintiff. Uber kept the records said the lawsuit.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, the woman had been living in the U.S.

The settlement’s terms were not released in the document by the court, and a spokesperson for Uber, which is based in San Francisco, would not comment. The attorney representing the woman was unable to be reached for a comment.

This settlement comes at a time the newly appointed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has sought to put several different scandals behind Uber following eight years of leadership by former CEO Travis Kalanick, which led to problems across the globe for the company.

The woman’s lawsuit cited media reports that had said Kalanick as well as others doubted the account the victim gave of her rape.

Someone with knowledge of the matter has said that Kalanick told other executives at Uber that he believed it was all staged by Ola a ride-hailing rival in India.

In a statement made previously, at the time Kalanick was still the CEO, Uber said that no one should go through such a horrific experience such as this, and the company was truly sorry it had to be re-lived by her.

The actions by Uber led to a U.S. Justice Department criminal probe of whether Uber managers had violated bribery law in the U.S.

The Department of Justice did not say where the investigation has centered, but one worldwide news agency said that the activities it focused on took place in five countries in Asia.

Uber also has notified authorities in the U.S. about payments Uber staff made to police in Indonesia, said a person who is familiar with this matter.

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