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Wipro employee allegedly called b**** by colleagues wins case

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 May 2016, 15:06 IST

In 2014, Wipro's former Head of Sales for Europe, Shreya Ukil, dragged the Indian IT giant to court, alleging that a few employees of the company - her former colleagues - had discriminated against her on the basis of her gender.

Ukil, who was fired from the company in 2014, moved the UK Employment Tribunal in September 2014. She moved to London in 2010 after working with the company for seven years in Bengaluru.

In her lawsuit, Ukil alleged that she was paid half of what her male counterparts made. She also alleged that senior colleagues called her "shrill, shallow, 'un-European and b***h," NDTV reported.

In April this year, the city employment tribunal ruled in her favour. Its judgement, accessed by NDTV, says Ukil was victimised by "Wipro's leadership for speaking up about sex discrimination, unequal pay and a culture of sexism".

In a statement, Wipro said, "Wipro Limited is pleased the UK Employment Tribunal has upheld the dismissal of the complainant from the services of the organisation as appropriate and rejected claims of adverse cultural attitude towards women in the organisation."

The tribunal has said that while there is evidence of the alleged victimisation, there is no proof of the sexual harassment charges. The tribunal will decide the compensation that Wipro owes Ukil this month.

First published: 5 May 2016, 15:05 IST