GURUGRAM: The HR head and two managers of a multi-national IT company have been booked for sexual harassment at workplace after a 36-year-old executive approached police against them.
She claimed the company has sacked one of the managers based on a report of its internal complaints committee, but didn’t act against two others.
According to the complainant, her ordeal began in February 2016 when she resumed duties after maternity leave. The woman alleged within days of her rejoining office, her manager sent her an internal job posting and asked her to take that up — a post which was a few notches below her current designation.
The woman joined the company’s India office, located in Udyog Vihar, in 2008 as a senior help desk analyst and rose to the position of project manager. “Since the offer of my immediate boss was not acceptable to me, I had approached the company’s Indian HR head. But he apparently refused to intervene. Then I approached a senior manager based in the UK, who offered me a new role in the company,” she said in her complaint.
Her ordeal did not end there. Soon, one of her colleagues — also of project manager rank — started passing lewd comments about her in the office. “When I complained to the HR manager again, he took no action. I soon found out the trio, including my immediate boss, was hand in glove,” the woman alleged.
Finally, the woman lodged a complaint to the company’s internal complaints committee that terminated the services of only the manager who was openly harassing her. “However, the committee gave the two others a clean chit,” she said.
An FIR has been registered under sections 354-D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC at Women’s police station.
“We have initiated a probe. We will soon serve a notice to the company to join the investigation,” said inspector Kailash Devi, SHO, Women’s police station.