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Indian woman employee files 1 mn pound sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wipro

The 39-year-old told an employment tribunal in London this week how her boss called her "a seductive dancer from Indian mythology".

By: PTI | London | Updated: October 7, 2015 3:55 pm
Wipro lawsuit, Wipro woman, Wipro london The 39-year-old told an employment tribunal in London this week how her boss called her “a seductive dancer from Indian mythology”.

An Indian woman employee at the London office of IT major Wipro has filed a 1 million pounds compensation case of sexual discrimination, unequal pay and unfair dismissal against the firm.

She alleged she was subjected to a “deeply predatory, misogynistic culture” and forced into an affair with a married boss at the Bangalore-headquartered firm’s UK division.

The 39-year-old told an employment tribunal in London this week how her boss called her “a seductive dancer from Indian mythology”.

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“Women who are confident, capable and express their viewpoints are often called ’emotional’, ‘psychotic’ or ‘menopausal’. Women who supported women are called ‘lesbians’,” she said.

She claimed she was manipulated into an affair with a married senior vice-president.

On one business trip to Stockholm in 2013, the 54-year-old allegedly told her the silk blouse she was wearing was “too tight” for her body type.

The India-born woman said she embarked on the affair despite finding his conversation “inane” and that he suffered on occasion from a “certain body odour”, the ‘Daily Telegraph’ reported.

The former sales and market development manager, who handled outsourcing business deals for Wipro, said she was treated like “dirty goods” after ending the affair and lodging complaints about her treatment.

She also claimed she was paid far less than male staff, earning up to 75,000 pounds per annum rather than the typical 150,000 pounds paid to male equivalents.

However, Wipro refused to comment on the lawsuit.

“Wipro does not comment on its ongoing lawsuits and Wipro is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and provides all our employees with a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment of any kind. Wipro is defending these allegations before the court,” a statement by Wipro Ltd said.

“Following an impartial inquiry, both were relieved from the services of the company after it was established beyond reasonable doubt that they had violated the stated policy,” the statement said.

“Wipro takes serious objection to the scurrilous allegations made against the company and will initiate legal action to defend itself against insidious and defamatory allegations,” it said.

“The company has built its business over the years by ensuring it adheres to the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and ethical corporate practices. Any transgression of these beliefs and policies are dealt with expeditiously and with the strictest action,” the statement said.

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    Aseem
    Oct 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm
    "forced into an affair with a married boss". Awwwww
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    1. Charulatha Krishnamurthy
      Oct 9, 2015 at 3:04 am
      I woman who is 39 years of age could have easily handled the situation in the correct way. Such discrimination law suit sounds funny. I am not an employee of wipro , but cannot accept such discrimination as we never heard and the case sounds totally cooked up.
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      1. Charulatha Krishnamurthy
        Oct 9, 2015 at 3:05 am
        This case is totally personal between 2 individuals . What has an organization to do with it?
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          Harry Potter
          Oct 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm
          Please GOOGLE – white collar criminal equivalent of rape and murder- “Cl Action Suit Seeks $100 Million for Pregnancy Discrimination, Other Violations”. Please refer International Business Times article – “$100 Million Sought as New Discrimination, Immigration Violations Complaint Filed against LnT”. Got slapped with ban by World Bank – please refer ET article – “World Bank bars LnT for 6 months over forgery”. Where to go in face of such barbaric torture here in India?
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          1. Sagittarius Sengupta
            Oct 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm
            They must have been living together in the pretext of boss marrying the lady. The lady also thought of climbing the success ladder by this means. When he broken the promise the lady was furious. It was their personal choice then why WIPRO should be dragged to the court. Wipro done the right thing by relieving both. Earlier Infosys was forced to pay an american lady who was having affair with the Indian boss.
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