iGATE and the CEO: A Breach of Agreement
In May 2013, iGATE Corporation ended its employment contract with Phaneesh Murthy, then chief executive officer, amid allegations of sexual harassment. iGATE maintained that Murthy had violated company policy; thus, it dismissed Murthy "with cause," effectively ending all of the company's severance obligations under the agreement. Murthy responded by suing iGATE, claiming breach of contract and defamation. In March 2014, iGATE countersued Murthy for damages the company suffered due to Murthy's behaviour. Could iGATE justify its termination of Murthy's contract? What were the implications of ending a senior executive's agreement for cause? The authors Nidhi S. Bisht and Parul Gupta are affiliated with Management Development Institute.