Former Wipro employee Shreya Ukil, who worked in the United Kingdom, has sued the Indian IT company for one million pounds, accusing Wipro of sexual discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and unfair dismissal.
Ukil, 39, who worked as the sales and marketing manager, told the Telegraph that she was subjected to a “deeply misogynistic culture” at Wipro.
She filed a suit for sexual discrimination and equal pay at Central London Employment Tribunal where she was apparently influenced into having an affair with ex-senior VP and global BPO head Manoj Punja, who quit Wipro last year.
The tribunal hears both the claims of Ukil of discrimination and unfair deductions from pay. Since June 2012, Punja was serving as the chief executive officer of the BPO business. Before that, he was the chief sales and operations officer for Latin America, Africa, France, Germany and Canada.
Punja is currently working as the executive vice-president responsible for global sales, solutions and client services in Bengaluru-based IT firm Microland.
Ukil said she was forced into having an affair with her boss and alleged that the ambience at Wipro for women employees was “toxic”; the women need to be subservient there,” she was quoted in the Telegraph.
She also accused Punja of making “aggressive sexual advances” and “abuse of power”. Indian-born Ukil said she was treated such as “dirty goods” after ending the affair abnd lodging a complaint.
Besides the claim, “I faced harassment and unfair dismissal,” said Ukil. She was paid 75,000 pounds per annum as compensation, while her male colleagues earned 150,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, Wipro said the company’s policy on conflict of interest requires employees to disclose to the organisation any personal relationship that could create conflict. Failure to disclose such relationships would result in disciplinary action, including and up to separation.
Following an impartial inquiry, both Manoj Punja and Shreya Ukil were relieved from the services of the company after it was established beyond reasonable doubt that they had violated the stated policy, it stated.
Wipro also stated that it takes serious objection to the scurrilous allegations made against the company and will initiate legal action to defend itself against insidious and defamatory allegations.