Sexual Harassment at Infosys

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Case Code : BECG022 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 1999 - 2001
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Infosys
Industry : Information Technology
Countries : India


The case examines the controversy surrounding the charges of sexual harassment and unlawful termination made by an employee against Infosys, leading Indian software company, during 2001-03. Phaneesh Murthy, a top level executive and a director on the company board, was accused of sexually harassing and unlawfully firing his subordinate, Reka Maximovitch. The case provides information about the definition of sexual harassment and examines in detail the events that occurred from the time Maximovitch joined Infosys to the out-of-court settlement of the lawsuit. The reasons for the out-of-court settlement are discussed and the measures taken by Infosys to improve its internal policies regarding sexual harassment are described.


Nature of sexual harassment at the workplace and its legal implications


  Page No.
The Fall of a High Priest 1
Background Note 2
Reka vs. Phaneesh & infosys 3
Phaneesh vs. Infosys - Round I 5
Phaneesh vs. Infosys - Round II 7
Infosys Moves On 8
Lessons to be Learned 9
Exhibits 11


Sexual harassment, unlawful termination , Infosys, 2001-03,Phaneesh Murthy, director, company board, sexually harassing, unlawfully firing, subordinate, Reka Maximovitch, out-of-court, lawsuit, measures, internal policies

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