A lawyer and ex-executive vice-president of ExlService Holdings is suing her former agency for discrimination on the premise of gender after a sequence of alleged incidents, together with one the place she says she and different ladies have been informed to serve cake to junior staff as a result of they have been “women.”
ExlService, a New York-based operations administration and knowledge analytics firm, is accused of marginalizing and disrespecting Nancy Saltzman in addition to different ladies on its crew.
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Saltzman, who’s being represented within the lawsuit by Sanford Heisler Sharp, labored as basic counsel and government VP from 2014 to 2018, when she was fired. She was the corporate’s first feminine government.
She says she was fired after complaining of “illegal gender discrimination,” based on a courtroom submitting.
Within the submitting, she accused ExlService CEO Rohit Kapoor and the opposite males on the manager committee of stalling her profession and undermining her authority.
“For instance, CEO Kapoor personally scrutinized Ms. Saltzman’s journey and required her to acquire his categorical (permission) earlier than travelling to go to her crew abroad, which he didn’t require of equal male staff,” the courtroom paperwork state.
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Kapoor then allegedly criticized Saltzman for not having a “higher enterprise-wide visibility” and never having “sufficient interplay with purchasers.”
She additionally alleges executives withheld info and paperwork from her, making it onerous to offer correct authorized recommendation.
The submitting additionally states that earlier than Saltzman was employed, the president of the corporate, Pavan Bagai, requested if Saltzman was “engaging” and mentioned: “Oh, she wore a brief skirt. That’s good!”
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However Saltzman says “the breaking level” got here in the course of the firm’s 19th-anniversary social gathering when Kapoor “personally directed” Saltzman and different senior feminine workers to serve cake on the occasion.
“Even after one of many ladies in attendance identified that there have been loads of competent males standing a lot nearer to CEO Kapoor and to the cake, CEO nonetheless insisted that the ‘women’ ought to lower the cake,” the courtroom submitting reads.
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Saltzman referred to as the incident humiliating and mentioned it undermined her authority with the subordinates she was pressured to serve.
Saltzman mentioned she introduced up the gender discrimination to a board member and explicitly said she didn’t wish to stop.
However a number of weeks later, Kapoor requested her speedy resignation, the courtroom filings state.
Saltzman informed the Washington Submit she was motivated to file a lawsuit “by the variety of younger ladies who reached out to me for mentorship and noticed my appointment as an emblem of alternative.”
“Significant change relies on ladies who’re keen to talk up and company boards who will pay attention and take them significantly,” Saltzman informed the Submit in a press release. “Company leaders must be centered on fostering range, not silencing those that complain of discrimination.”
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Saltzman’s lawyer, Russell Kornblith, informed International Information that for the reason that lawsuit was made public, others have come ahead.
“We’ve positively been contacted by different ladies who skilled related discrimination and who witnessed the discrimination that Nancy skilled and have provided their assist and help,” he mentioned.
Kornblith additionally identified that with out Saltzman on the manager crew, the corporate’s management is completely male.
“This firm has a significant drawback with range,” Kornblith mentioned. “In an age the place corporations are beginning to concentrate to range and a whole lot of corporations are trumpeting their range, EXL is startlingly tone deaf in that regard.”
ExlService didn’t reply to a request for remark from International Information by the point of publication.
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