Tech Mahindra has sacked its global head of training following a series of posts by a former employee of the company who accused his supervisor of discriminating against him a week after it said it would conduct an internal investigation on the matter. This comes after India’s top court made gay sex legal in a landmark decision on September 6.
As promised, I wrote an email to my then boss at a Mahindra company I used to work with. She was a bigot and I suffered in her hands, I hence called her out. pic.twitter.com/4uHev8MY7G
— GauravProbirPramanik (@gauravpramanik) September 9, 2018
Soon after the tweet, first Tech Mahindra and later Group Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted acknowledging the sensitive matter and promising a thorough investigation.
@gauravpramanik Hi Gaurav, This is indeed disturbing and completely against the ethos of our group that believes in the uniqueness of every individual. We will do a thorough investigation and take steps as necessary. Our team will be in touch with you.
— Tech Mahindra (@tech_mahindra) September 11, 2018
I can categorically assure you that we celebrate diversity in our workplace. Our Code of Conduct is explicit on this subject. Fairness & dignity of the individual is enshrined in our core values.
Tech M is investigating these allegations, and appropriate action will follow… https://t.co/l5rh8VhP8L
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 11, 2018
UPDATE: The corporate ombudsman at Tech Mahindra reached out to me. I have given all the necessary information and answered all the questions to the best of my knowledge and honesty. I have also provided them with witnesses and contacts of people who would corroborate my story.
— GauravProbirPramanik (@gauravpramanik) September 12, 2018
After all the internal investigation carried out by the top It firm Tech Mahindra tweeted last night that Gautam was sacked with immediate effect.
@gauravpramanik,arising out of an investigation carried out in the matter,the concerned employee has been separated from the employment of the company with immediate effect. At Tech Mahindra,we believe in diversity & inclusion & condemn discrimination of any kind in the workplace
— Tech Mahindra (@tech_mahindra) September 15, 2018
After the Gautam’s sacking Pramanik tweeted, I stand vindicated. Thank you to all those who’ve been steadfastly supporting me.
I stand vindicated. Thank you to all those who’ve been steadfastly supporting me. I have nothing but appreciation for all your support and words of encouragement. https://t.co/cSvW1exlNC
— GauravProbirPramanik (@gauravpramanik) September 15, 2018
Twitter have nothing but praise for the courage Pramanik has shown.
@gauravpramanik very content to see the outcome of your effort. Baby steps like such are a big leap into breaking stigma(s) related to LGBTQ+ minorities in India. More power to you 👍
— SMIT (@smtmunjall) September 16, 2018
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 17, 2018
Hope this sends out a strong message to corporate India about office environment and well done Tech Mahindra –
Mumbai: Tech major sacks executive after gay ex-staffer recounts harassment #nodiscrimination https://t.co/ztzuG5GYo4
— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) September 16, 2018
@gauravpramanik ‘s case with @tech_mahindra is a story of courage that has emerged given the impetus by the supreme Court with the 377 verdict. We need more people like him to question authority and atleast retrospectively stand up for their rights and against homophobes. Kudos
— harish iyer (@hiyer) September 15, 2018
This is the 1st such case Post 377, and this certainly will give others to speak out the issue they have been silent on.