Uber Fires Executive Who Assumed Delhi Rape Was Ola’s Conspiracy; Ola Questions Uber’s ‘Character’!
So, the question is: How low can human beings fall, in order to achieve business supremacy? Are we allowing ourselves to kill all forms of morality and ethics, and sacrificing them at the altar of business and power?
Uber, world’s #1 app based taxi hailing company has fired Eric Alexander, who was heading their Asia-Pacific operations. And the reason he was fired was that he ‘assumed’ something which forces us to question the moralities of conducting business.
In fact, it questions the very basis of ethics, among human beings.
Although Uber has taken the right step by firing Alex, is it enough?
Uber-President Thought Rape Case Was Ola’s Conspiracy
After Uber was hit by a series of sexual harassment cases, lodged by its previous employees, Uber decided to investigate the cases as the heat was mounting over their dismal record of women safety and respect.
Uber hired two law firms: Perkins Coie and Covington & Burling, to investigate precisely 215 cases related to sexual harassments, inside Uber.
During the investigation, these law firms found that one of their top-notch Presidents had assumed some dangerous theories.
In 2014, a 26-year-old woman from Delhi was raped by a Uber driver. During the investigations, the police found the driver guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
However, Eric Alexander, President of Uber’s Asia Pacific region ‘assumed’ that the rape case was a ploy, a conspiracy by their Indian rival Ola to malign their reputation.
As per the findings of the investigation, Eric not only procured confidential medical records related to the rape case but also shared them with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and SVP Emil Michael (with whom Alex has allegedly visited escorts bar as well, in the past)
The investigation says, “Alexander carried around the document for about a year before other executives — presumably the legal department — obtained the report and destroyed his copy, according to the sources.”
Carrying such confidential medical records of a rape victim is illegal, sharing them with others within the company is a crime; and doing all these, assuming that their rival has plotted the whole rape case is way more than a crime… It is a sin.
Uber has fired 20 employees after the investigation reports emerged, which includes Eric as well. Rest of the employees were found guilty of other sexual harassment charged.
Ola Questions Character of Entire Uber
Meanwhile, when Ola came to know about Eric’s assumptions regarding Ola, they went berserk.
In a strongly written statement, Ola has described this incident as an ‘all time low for morality’, and even questioned Uber’s entire character.
Their statement stated, “It is a shame that the privacy and morals of a woman have to be questioned in an attempt to trivialise a horrific crime. It is despicable that anyone can even conceive an attempt to malign competition using this as an opportunity. If this report were to be even remotely true, this is an all-time low on morality and a reflection of the very character of an organisation.”
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