Employee takes bosses to court, alleges casteist abuse

A former employee of Concorde Motors, Pune, has accused his superiors of abusing him on the basis of his caste, and also denying him his dues.


Suraj, an ex- customer adviser of the auto company, Concorde Motors—at Baner, in the suburbs of Pune—has filed a case of atrocity against his superiors for their casteist abuses targeted at him. He has alleged that the Company’s chief executive officer, human resource official and general manager behaved inappropriately with him because he belongs to a scheduled caste.

Having been an employee on contract, at Concorder, since March 2018, Suraj was forced to quit recently, and complains that he was not given the bonus, incentives and commissions that he rightfully deserved for all the sales deals that he closed for the Company.

When no action was taken to clear his dues despite repeated followups and a showdown, Suraj put in his papers. This made his CEO angry. Suraj was later summoned by the CEO, HR official and general manager. During the meeting, Suraj alleges that his caste was brought up. He was apparently told that people like him who belong to lower castes are known for their mentality and cannot be expected to improve in any way.

Cases have been registered against the three senior executives, under section 3(1)(D) (prevention of atrocity against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes) of the Indian Penal Code.

However, no arrests have been made till date, and investigations are still on.

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