Sexual Harassment at Infosys
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"The defendants (Phaneesh Murthy and Infosys) caused the plaintiff (Reka Maximovitch) to be subjected to verbal sexual harassment, to unwanted sexual advances, and to visual sexual harassment. Said sexual harassment and sexual advances were unwelcome. The defendants failed to take reasonable steps to keep harassment from occurring and recurring." 1
- Excerpt from a complaint filed by former Infosys employee Reka Maximovitch in the Alameda Superior County Court, Oakland, US, in December 2001.
"Since its inception, this is probably the first piece of negative news about Infosys."
- Hindu Business Line, August 07, 2002.
The Fall of a High Priest
This is a story of blackmail, sex, stalking, threats, oppression, hurt feelings and revenge. Interestingly, all this happened in and around the US offices of Infosys,2 one of India's most well-known and respected software companies, between October 1999 and December 2000.
The case attracted a lot of media coverage since a sexual harassment lawsuit implicating such a senior official had never been heard of in the Indian corporate world. It was also being seen as an event that could make Indian companies stop ignoring the sensitive issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.
1] 'Infosys Lawsuit Settled Out-of-Court?' www.rediff.com, August 20, 2002.
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