TechM sacks ‘diversity’ executive for ‘discrimination’ against ex-employee

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Varun Aggarwal Less than a week after former Tech Mahindra employee Gaurav Probir Pramanik spoke out against his homo-phobic supervisor, the company has sacked Richa Gautam, the global head of training at the IT services firm’s Business Services Group.

In a Twitter post, Pramanik had alleged that Gautam had constantly mocked the colour of his clothes and his “effeminate” behaviour. He said this was a key reason for his quitting the company three years ago.

“Arising out of an investigation carried out in the matter, the concerned employee has been separated from the employment of the company with immediate effect. At Tech Mahindra, we believe in diversity & inclusion & condemn discrimination of any kind in the workplace,” Tech Mahindra tweeted late Saturday night.

Gautam also headed the company’s Anti Sexual Harassment Committee, and was then Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officer at Tech Mahindra.

“I stand vindicated,” Pramanik told BusinessLine, in response to Tech Mahindra’s prompt action.

However, , Pramanik was unhappy that he had not received a direct communication from Tech Mahindra. “I am not happy as such, since I haven’t received any official communication about it apart from the tweet.”

Pramanik says he still hopes he will get some form of direct communication from Tech Mahindra over his complaint last Monday. He had previously written to the global HR head about the issue, but had received no response.

Prompt action

However, last week, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra personally intervened to help Pramanik secure redress. Mahindra responded to Pramanik’s complaint on Twitter assuring him of prompt action.

Addressing Pramanik directly, Mahindra had tweeted: “I can categorically assure you that we celebrate diversity in our workplace. Our Code of Conduct is explicit on this subject…TechM is investigating these allegations, and appropriate action will follow…”

Source: The Hindu