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Tech Mahindra Stood Up for Its Erstwhile Gay Employee

Gaurav Probir Pramanik accused Richa Gautam, the then global head of training at Tech Mahindra’s Business Services Group and head of the company’s Anti Sexual Harassment Committee of bullying him because of his sexual orientation.

Pramanik hold Richa the main reason behind his resignation from the company in 2015. He further asserted that Gautam was constantly importunate to him. “She used to make fun of the color of my clothes, my behavior, calling it ‘effeminate’” reads the post on twitter.

Following Pramanik’s condemnation of discrimination at TechM, higher official from the management approached Pramanik through Twitter. CP Gurnani, CEO at Tech Mahindra, responded: “Gaurav, you have my personal assurance that this will be thoroughly investigated. We remain committed to supporting and promoting a diverse workforce at TechM.”

Experts believe that a diversity policy alone is inadequate to ensure a conducive work environment for sexual minorities. Start-ups understand LGBTQ culture, but conventional companies, even in the tech world, treat it as taboo. Earlier, it was a clear barrier but since the Supreme Court judgement, there’s a silent barrier. India is still living in the 18th century. It will take several years for the biases to change in the country. The Supreme Court verdict is just the stepping stone.