Uber Agreed to Settle Second Lawsuit from Indian Rape Victim

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The determination of Uber to address the firm’s past scandals continues to be in effect. The ridesharing company has agreed to settle the second lawsuit from the Indian rape victim who sued the company for obtaining her medical records improperly. While the company is not issuing a comment regarding the settlement or any of its terms, a court filing disclosed that the two sides would reach a deal in June formally. The lawsuit represented an especially dark chapter for Uber, as it marked the outfit’s Kalanick-era tendency to battle against legal challenges that some other companies would resist.

The lawsuit claimed that Uber obtained the records because it secretly doubted the claims of the woman. While the executives of Uber openly supported the victim, they reportedly speculated in secret that she had colluded with Ola, the Indian rival of Uber, to weaken their business. In other words, they were allegedly willing to violate the privacy of the accuser in hopes of discrediting her.

This is not to say that Uber has declined to settle cases in the past. The company settled the original lawsuit of the victim in 2015 and settled various sexual assault cases in America in 2016. However, this is still slightly reflective of the firm’s strategy under Dara Khosrowshahi, its new CEO. Uber wants to make up for past abuses and improve the company’s reputation, both to keep customers and to assure investors who want to know that the unscrupulous days of Uber are already in the past.