Bangalore, May 23 : iGate's American employee Araceli Roiz
, 31, who accused the company's former chief executive Phaneesh Murthy of sexual harassment, Thursday claimed that she
was pregnant with his
Three days after the US-based leading IT software firm fired Murthy (49) for his unlawful relationship with Roiz, the company's investor relations manager, a law firm (Aiman-Smith & Marcy), representing her in the sex lawsuit, said it would initiate legal action against the former CEO and the company.
"As a result of Murthy's
influence over Roiz
continued the relationship with him and ultimately, Roiz
became pregnant with Murthy's child.
discovered this, Murthy
to have an abortion.
to leave the company, quietly, to protect his
position as CEO," the law firm said in a statement from Oakland in California.
The law firm, however, clarified that Roiz, who joined the company in May 2010, remains employed though on medical leave presently.
"In this way, Murthy
was able to induce Roiz
into behaviour and action that she
would have found unthinkable at the beginning of her
The only reason Murthy
was able to engage in these abusive and harassing actions is because he
employer," the statement said.
was dependent on her
job with the company for her
basic living expenses, the law firm asserted that Murthy
employment and career advancement opportunities on her
entering into a relationship with him, which she
tried to extricate herself from the relationship, Murthy
responsibilities, threatened her
employment and pressured her
to continue the relationship," the statement added.
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, and prohibits harassment on the basis of sex, which includes conditioning any form of employment benefit on a sexual relationship.
"Those are the facts as we expect them to be proved in court.
not convened a press conference in which he
attempted to make himself look better by lying and slandering Roiz
would not have endured the embarrassment and humiliation of making these facts public; however, she
has been forced to do so to counter Murthy's false statements," the statement asserted.
Referring to the timing of Murthy
's confession to the company's board that he
was in relationship with Roiz
, the law firm claimed that when Roiz
refused to have an abortion, Murthy attempted to get her
to leave the company and keep their relationship a secret.
"It was not until after Roiz
refused to do so and informed him that she
would be seeking legal representation and her
lawyers contacted Murthy's
counsel that he
reluctantly informed the board of the relationship, just before the board would have learned on its own from other sources," the statement clarified.
's comments that his
relationship lasted only a few months a blatant lie, the law firm said Murthy began pursuing her
soon after she
joined the company in 2010.
On Murthy's charge that Roiz and her attorneys were engaged in extortion, the law firm said the charge was not only defamatory, but also a despicable attempt to blame the victim, who only wanted to continue her career and support her child.
has, astonishingly, attempted to gain sympathy based on his
own prior bad actions.
Roiz selected our law firm, which fights for victims of employment discrimination and its prior success in getting compensation for some of Murthy's previous victims, including Reka Maximovitch, a former employee of IT bellwether Infosys Ltd, who accused Murthy of sexual abuse in 2002, when he was on its board as director and global sales head, based in the US," the statement added.