>> Uber sued on Thursday by a woman who says top executives at the company, including CEO Travis Kalanick, obtained and mishandled her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India. The lawsuit filed in a California federal court, the latest blow to Uber buried in a string of scandals in the last few months and it comes as CEO Kalanick announced a leave of absence this week.
Reuters San Francisco Bureau Chief, Peter Henderson.>> It intensifies the pressure on Uber, which already is facing lots of questions, about whether it can turn itself around. From a money standpoint, Uber has been sued before, it reached a settlement with this woman, previously. We've been told that was worth about $3 million which is not very much for a $70 billion company.
That's about what Uber is worth. However, the reputational damage is the question. And the question is whether Uber can turn the narrative, show that it is making things better.>> CEO Kalanick, who has been under fire for fostering a culture of sexism and rule-breaking, is also named as a defendant in Thursday's lawsuit.
The unidentified woman also suing Kalanick's right hand man Emil Michael, who also stepped down earlier this week. She says in her suit that the three executives believed her rape in New Delhi in 2014 may have been part of a conspiracy hatched by competing ride hailing company. The Uber driver was later arrested by Indian police, convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault and is serving a life sentence.