Wipro fires 300 employees for moonlight: this is how companies absorb such acts


New Delhi:

The recent moonlight debate in the IT sector has raised several questions about the practice.

The discussion was sparked when IT major Wipro fired about 300 of his employees for undeclared work. Wipro chairman Rishad Premji had said at an event that the company had discovered 300 of its employees who worked directly for one of Wipro’s competitors. He had further said that those employees’ services had been terminated.

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Now, after Wipro’s move, which came as a shock to many tech professionals, let’s take a look at how the company could have caught its unemployed workers.

According to C Sunil, CEO of Team Lease Digital, employees in double employment can be caught using their PF account. He added that if an employee uses the same IT tool for both jobs, the company can find out through HR intelligence, The US Express News BusinessLine reported.

While stressing that techies should have exercised caution before taking on a second job, Mr Sunil added that employers can seek help from banks to get information about the employee’s bank account and find out about moonlight.

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Moonlighting is the practice of a person taking a side job while on the payroll of a company. Here the reference “moon” is used because most people do their primary work during the day and do the secondary work at night.

While firing his employees, Rishad Premji had said that playing in a band on weekends is different from working in secret for rivals. The chairman described Moonlight as “cheating, plain and simple” and said he was not deterred by hate mails he received about his tweet. Wipro said in its latest statement that “certain employees who were found to be working in conditions that are in direct conflict with Wipro’s interests have been fired.”

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