The board of directors at Infosys has reprimanded a senior executive of the company following a complaint from a group of women employees alleging gender-insensitive remarks. The e-mail from the women employees — a copy of which is with FE — has identified the senior executive, but the IT major said it cannot share the particulars of individual cases.
The senior executive has contested the claims of the women employees. In response to a query from FE, Infosys said, “Infosys prides itself on the diversity of its workforce and equal opportunity work environment for its employees. We take every sexual harassment complaint very seriously and each case is thoroughly and expeditiously investigated. Swift and appropriate actions are taken in all such cases. Keeping in view the privacy aspect, we do not share the particulars of individual cases.”
As of Thursday, the executive continued to hold the same portfolio, but he was not available for comments despite repeated attempts. On Wednesday night, an anonymous e-mail from the women employees had made serious allegations against the senior Infosys executive, claiming sexual harassment and also inaction on part of the Board. The e-mail stated, “Even though the charges were serious, the board had not taken action and is hushing up the whole case.”
However, Infosys said the matter concerned gender insensitivity and the board had taken action following the complaint.Women constituted 34% of the Infosys workforce as per its annual report for 2013-14.
The company has set up an anti-sexual harassment initiative (ASHI), which allows employees to report cases of harassment at work. The firm has a whistleblower policy that assures complete anonymity and confidentiality of information for the employee concerned.