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‘Pregnant’ employee plans to sue Murthy, iGate
May 24, 2013
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NEW DELHI: Disgraced IT executive Phaneesh Murthy and his former employer iGate Corp will be sued by the firm’s investor relations head for alleged sexual harassment, the victim’s law firm said on Thursday.

The California-based law firm, Aiman-Smith & Marcy, said that iGate’s head of investor relations Araceli Roiz was pregnant with Murthy’s child and it planned to sue both Murthy and iGate for alleged sexual harassment.

“On behalf of Roiz, we are contemplating next steps, which will certainly include court action against Murthy and iGate,” it said, adding the Fremont, California-based company, was liable for the conduct of its CEO.

The law firm, however, said it will wait for outcome of an outside probe ordered by iGate into Roiz’s claims of sexual harassment by Murthy before suing the company.

When contacted, Murthy said: “There are always two sides to the truth and now that the matter is definitely heading to court, I can’t comment anymore.” iGate earlier this week terminated Murthy’s contract for not reporting a relationship with Roiz.

Murthy, one of the industry’s best-known executives, was forced to quit India’s second-biggest software company Infosys in 2002, following a sexual harassment lawsuit, which was settled out of court.

In what could be fresh trouble for iGate, another law firm said it has been asked by the company’s investors to probe if the firm violated federal securities laws.

Aiman-Smith & Marcy, which represented Reka Maximovitch and Jennifer Griffith in the previous sex harassment lawsuits against Murthy, said Roiz remains an employee of iGate and is on medical leave at present.

On Murthy’s claims that Roiz was engaging in “extortion” by bringing this case against him, the law firm said, “Murthy’s comments are defamatory and a despicable attempt to ‘blame the victim,’ who only wants to somehow continue her career and support her child.

Aiman-Smith & Marcy said that Murthy told the iGate board of his relationship with Roiz only after she informed him that she will be taking legal action against him.

“When he discovered this (that Roiz was pregnant), Murthy pressured Ms Roiz to have an abortion. When she refused, he told her to leave the company, quietly, to protect his position as CEO,” it said.

Murthy had immediately after his sacking stated that he was in relationship with Roiz for “few months” and the sexual harassment case against him was an extortion attempt.

Press Trust of India
 

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