Uber moves to repair tainted image with 20 firings, 1 hiring

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According to Recode, Alexander, was asked to leave after two law firms - Perkins Coie and Covington & Burling - that are leading the investigations, discovered that he had accessed the medical reports of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver in India, in December 2014.

Recode revealed Wednesday that Eric Alexander, the president of business in the Asia Pacific, had been let go, after reports emerged that he obtained medical records of a rape victim in India and shared them with several Uber executives.

"Going forward, there can be no room at Uber for brilliant jerks and zero tolerance for anything but totally respectable behavior in an equitable workplace environment", board member Arianna Huffington said earlier this year while discussing efforts at the company. The driver - who was already awaiting trial for at least four other criminal charges - was arrested and later sentenced to life in prison. Alexander thought he needed it to assess the civil suit against Uber, one person said.

The report of the firings came from a lawyer at the Perkins Coie law firm, which Uber hired to assist in a broader sexual harassment investigation at the company and which made a presentation at the company's weekly staff meeting Tuesday.

Reports said that Uber has hired Eric Holder, who worked as attorney general under former U.S. president Barack Obama, to look into the company's broader culture.

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"All reported incidents to date have been investigated, and where they were corroborated we have taken swift, decisive action on the findings", Uber said in an email statement. "It is also not clear if he obtained these files legally", she continues. Ultimately, Uber was banned from operating in Delhi shortly after the incident, a stricture which wasn't lifted until June of 2015. Recode first reported news of his departure.

Still, soon after, all three began to raise the prospect that Ola - Uber's prime competitor in India - was behind the incident to sabotage the company, sources said.

It said as well as Mr Kalanick, the records were seen by the company's senior vice president, Emil Michael. Numerous other executives were also reportedly privy to them or had knowledge about these records.

Since then, the ride-hailing firm has lost almost a dozen top executives across various functions.

Other employees were uncomfortable with the trio obtaining and questioning the medical report, and Alexander's copy of the document was destroyed nearly a year later.