Wipro fires 300 employees for moonlighting

Bengaluru: Wipro has sacked some 300 employees for ‘moonlighting’ as the IT services firm toughens its stand against staffers taking a second job after work hours.

Its chairman Rishad Premji, who has been a vocal critic of moonlighting, said the company has no place for any employee who chooses to work directly with rivals while being on Wipro payrolls.

Moonlighting is a “complete violation of integrity in its deepest form,” he said speaking at an AIMA event.

“The reality is that there are people today working for Wipro and working directly for one of our competitors and we have actually discovered 300 people in the last few months who are doing exactly that,” Premji said.

Later when quizzed about action taken against the 300 employees, he said services have been terminated in those specific instances of violation.

Premji has been a vocal critic of it and has in the recent past equated it to “cheating”.

Last month he took to Twitter to say, “There is a lot of chatter about people moonlighting in the tech industry. This is cheating – plain and simple.”

IBM India too joined the chorus on moonlighting, terming it an unethical practice.

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