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Uber India plans likely to face disruptions amid Asia probe

Uber is currently probing whether executives in India had acted promptly in the Uber Delhi rape case

In the latest review of the Asian operations, Ub

Uber, a taxi aggregator and the world’s most valuable startup is facing a federal probe in the US to determine whether the company broke laws against overseas bribery. Uber had also initiated a review of its operations in Asia while notifying the US officials about the payments made by the company staff in Indonesia. This review of the Asian operations includes various countries like India, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and South Korea. The company is looking into the role played by the former Uber executive, Eric Alexander who earlier headed the company’s Asia Pacific operations.  He was fired from Uber after reports emerged that he and some other executives had accessed the medical reports of a woman raped by an Uber driver in Delhi in 2014.

It is expected that the company will probe further into the matter and look into potentially problematic business dealings that the executive may have had in connection to the rape case. Further, the company is also probing whether other executives in the country, apart from Alexander, had acted improperly in this matter. If it is discovered that the other executives in India were also involved, it could lead to a shake up within Uber India. This matter will remain as a major distraction for Uber in the near future.

Alexander’s actions were investigated in May as a part of Uber’s practices on issues like professionalism and sexual harassment. Uber had hired two law firms to conduct an investigation after the reports emerged about the instances of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by the members of the management team of the company. Uber had already fired 20 employees as a part of the probe but Alexander was not one of them.

The incident of rape in December 2014 was a landmark moment for the company in India. After the incident, Uber was banned by the government of Delhi for a couple of weeks and the company had to adopt stricter driver verification processes which also included adding the SOS button on the app and launching an expensive public relations campaign to repair the image. It is said that Alexander showed the medical records to the Uber CEO at that time; Travis Kalanick and other top executives and they doubted that the woman had been raped.

This incident happened right at a time when Uber was gaining a significant market share in the country. The incident will remain with the company for many years to come and any plans of expansion will be delayed until the Asia probe.

 

er Technologies Inc. is expected to be a major distraction for the company’s India unit as the parent grapples with the exodus of the wages and the top executives bruising the market share battle with tax aggregators like Ola in the

Uber, a taxi aggregator and the world’s most valuable startup is facing a federal probe in the US to determine whether the company broke laws against overseas bribery. Uber had also initiated a review of its operations in Asia while notifying the US officials about the payments made by the company staff in Indonesia. This review of the Asian operations includes various countries like India, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and South Korea. The company is looking into the role played by the former Uber executive, Eric Alexander who earlier headed the company’s Asia Pacific operations.  He was fired from Uber after reports emerged that he and some other executives had accessed the medical reports of a woman raped by an Uber driver in Delhi in 2014.

It is expected that the company will probe further into the matter and look into potentially problematic business dealings that the executive may have had in connection to the rape case. Further, the company is also probing whether other executives in the country, apart from Alexander, had acted improperly in this matter. If it is discovered that the other executives in India were also involved, it could lead to a shake up within Uber India. This matter will remain as a major distraction for Uber in the near future.

Alexander’s actions were investigated in May as a part of Uber’s practices on issues like professionalism and sexual harassment. Uber had hired two law firms to conduct an investigation after the reports emerged about the instances of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by the members of the management team of the company. Uber had already fired 20 employees as a part of the probe but Alexander was not one of them.

The incident of rape in December 2014 was a landmark moment for the company in India. After the incident, Uber was banned by the government of Delhi for a couple of weeks and the company had to adopt stricter driver verification processes which also included adding the SOS button on the app and launching an expensive public relations campaign to repair the image. It is said that Alexander showed the medical records to the Uber CEO at that time; Travis Kalanick and other top executives and they doubted that the woman had been raped.

This incident happened right at a time when Uber was gaining a significant market share in the country. The incident will remain with the company for many years to come and any plans of expansion will be delayed until the Asia probe.

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