Wipro terminated its 300 employees after finding out that they were working for one of its competitors at the same time. The company’s Chairman Rishad Premji revealed the same in a statement and said moonlighting is a complete violation of integrity "in its deepest form".
"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 while speaking at AIMA's (All India Management Association) National Management Convention.
Rishad Premji also explained the concept of moonlighting. "As part of transparency, individuals can have candid and open conversations around playing in a band or "working on a project over the weekend. That is an open conversation that the organisation and the individual can make a concerted choice about, on whether that works for them or doesn't," he said.
However, "There is no space for someone to work for Wipro and competitor XYZ and they would feel exactly the same way if they were to discover the same situation. That is what I meant...so I do stand by what I said...I do think it is a violation of integrity if you are moonlighting in that shape and form," he concluded.