Tech Mahindra sacks Chief Diversity Officer for discrimination
Tech MahindraNSE 0.93 % has sacked its chief diversity officer, Richa Gautam, after an internal investigation found that she had discriminated against and harassed a former employee over his sexual orientation.
Last week, Gourav Probir Pramanik, who identifies himself as gay, accused Gautam of discriminatory behaviour and harassment at workplace towards himself and others from minority sexual and religious groups. The company immediately launched an investigation and its ombudsman contacted Pramanik.
In a tweet addressed to Pramanik on Saturday evening, Tech Mahindra said following an investigation, “the concerned employee has been separated from the employment of the company with immediate effect”.
Pramanik said he stood vindicated, but had not received any communication from the company apart from one tweet.
“I have not received any email or call from the company on the results of the investigation. No apology yet,” Pramanik told ET.
“I want to know what steps would Tech Mahindra take to make sure these incidents do not occur again. Firing the officer does not absolve the company of its guilt.
How did it go unchecked?” An email sent to Tech Mahindra seeking to understand whether the IT company is reworking its diversity policy did not elicit a response until press time on Sunday.
In its tweet on Saturday, the company said, “At Tech Mahindra, we believe in diversity & inclusion & condemn discrimination of any kind in the workplace.”