Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Justice...that She Deserves

Guys as when I started this blog I put focus on some social issues which are like curse to us like poverty, child labor, sexual harassment, racism etc. Although I am working for people who are in USA but still don't feel regret to say that in America racism is very acute and sometimes it hurts people like hell.

Today while surfing the net I came across a news on Yahoo news which tells that an Indian engineer got compensation of 5.5 million dollar from her Silicon Valley firm. The whole story is like this...

Kiran Pandey is an Indian Engineer working in Silicon Valley USA. She lodged a complaint against her previous employer of racism. The jury found Kiran Pande's former employer Chevron liable for wrongful termination and retaliation and ruled that she be given roughly USD three million for past and future economic losses, and USD 2.5 million in punitive damages.

Pande, who is India-born and holds a Ph.D. In petroleum engineering from Stanford University, was fired by Chevron in late 2003 after 15 years with the company.

After a three-week trial stemming from incidents that occurred between September 2000 and December 2003, the jury found that Chevron retaliated against Pande after she complained about discrimination and fired her for reasons that violated a public policy.

Chevron first hired Pande as a research engineer in 1988. But in 2001 Pande began to suffer racist remarks and discrimination at the hand of his senior Rex Mitchell, who is now the company's chief compliance officer, according to her complaint, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

By March 2002, Pande complained to Mitchell's supervisor, James Johnson, about Mitchell's conduct.

Johnson did not investigate, Pande said and alleged that she was given the choice of leaving the company or leaving the group or staying for up to 18 months and getting along with Mitchell.

Later she filed a formal complaint against Mitchell with a company ombudsman.

See guys I love this when I find people get justice...aren't you!


Tatiana said...

The post is quite informative....great job!

Nandini Das said...

thanks tatiana