13.Case# 01: Phaneesh Murthy and Infosys
On 17 December 2001, Reka Maximovitch filed a sexual harassment case against InfosysTechnologies and its high-profile director (sales and marketing) Phaneesh Murthy. InApril 2003, Infosys closed the case with a $3-million out-of-court composite settlement.That means that in return for the money, Maximovitch surrenders her right to sue either the company or Murthy.And while Maximovitch moved out of the picture with the settlement, Phaneesh Murthyand the company have been on a war of words—press releases to be exact—in a casethat’s getting unseemly after the resolution.
"I was subjected to verbal sexual harassment, to unwanted sexual advances, and tovisual sexual harassment."
18 October 1999:
Reka Maximovitch joins Infosys as Phaneesh Murthy’s assistant.
Reka Maximovitch quits Infosys
Reka takes out two restraining orders against Phaneesh; of whichshe alleges at least one was violated
17 December 2001:
Reka files a case against Phaneesh Murthy and Infosys for "sexualharassment and wrongful termination"
Phaneesh warns Nilekani of the possibility of a sexual harassment caseagainst him and the organization. Says he is innocent and the company is not at risk
23 July 2002:
25 April 2003:
Case settled out of court for $3 mn, payable in a month3