Wipro sued by a former employee in UK for sexual discrimination

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October 7, 2015

Bengaluru: A former Wipro employee in the UK has accused the Indian information technology (IT) firm of sex discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and unfair dismissal, and is seeking a compensation of up to £1 million, according to a report in The Telegraph.

October 7, 2015

Bengaluru: A former Wipro employee in the UK has accused the Indian information technology (IT) firm of sex discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and unfair dismissal, and is seeking a compensation of up to £1 million, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Shreya Ukil also said she was paid far less than her male colleagues, earning up to £75,000-a-year rather than the typical £150,000 paid to male equivalents, according to a report in The Telegraph

In a claim at the central London employment tribunal, Shreya Ukil, 39, said she was manipulated into an affair with married senior vice-president Manoj Punja, the former head of Wipro BPO who resigned last year.

India-born Ukil, who worked as a sales and market development manager at Wipro, said she was treated like “dirty goods” after ending the affair and filing complaints about how she was treated.

Ukil also said she was paid far less than her male colleagues, earning up to £75,000-a-year rather than the typical £150,000 paid to male equivalents, the newspaper reported.

 “The culture within Wipro requires women to be subservient,” Ukil said in the complaint, adding that other women too had left the company because of similar experiences.

Mint could not independently reach Ukil and Punja for comment.

A spokesman for Wipro told The Telegraph that it was defending these allegations before the court, adding the company could not comment further on an ongoing lawsuit and was committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and providing its employees with a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment of any kind.


Courtesy: Live Mint

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