Replies are as below:
1. Was the decision to sack Chitra the right decision?
Yes, management has taken right decision to sack her. Falsification of the documents at the time of recruitment is serious misconduct. She should not have fallen prey to the inducement by her ex-colleague, Mr Sumesh. She could have said strictly "NO" for tampering of the documents while recruitment.
2. If not, what should have been the right course of action?
Action taken is right but there is something additional that management should have done. Management should take action against Sumesh for not doing "reference check" or "pre-employment checks" before inducting her into that company. Management cannot condone complicity of Sumesh in this incident. Secondly, whether enquiry was conducted or not, whether Chitra was given chance to defend her position is not written in the case study hence nothing can be said on that count.
3. What should Chitra have done?
When Sumesh started making indecent proposal, why she did not complain against him for "sexual harassment"?. Secondly, when this underhand activity was discovered, she should have resigned on her own volition without allowing the matter to blow up.
Learning: - This is a great lesson for everyone on how not to get allured by the immediate gains. We should never allow our past to hold back our future.
This is what I feel. Additional points by other members are welcome.
Dinesh V Divekar
4th March 2010 From India, Bangalore