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iGATE hit again with sexual harassment suit

US-based outsourcing firm iGATE has been slapped with yet another sexual harassment suit by a former employee, claiming that she was sexually abused by the firm’s legal head and her supervisor. Karetha Dodd, a US national, has sued iGATE and her supervisor Mukund Srinath on charges of sexual harassment at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in September last year.

Dodd has also alleged she was targeted at iGATE after she testified against its then CEO Phaneesh Murthy, who was accused of sexually harassing Investor Relations Head Araceli Roiz.

Located in the vicinity of Ford India’s Chennai factory, the vehicle personalisation centre is spread over 35,000 square feet. The centre was inaugurated by John Cooper, vice-president, customer service division at Ford Asia Pacific and Nigel Harris, president, Ford India.

“Customers today view vehicles as an extension of their own personalities and are keen to customise their cars to stand out from the clutter. They desire for enhanced levels of personalisation to make vehicles look distinctly theirs,” commented Cooper.

The centre will be equipped with 19 ergonomically-designed modification bays operated by Ford’s technicians to deliver the level of trust and quality expected from Ford vehicles.

The centre is a win-win solution for Ford’s customers as well the company’s dealers. While Ford customers will get quality, factory-fitted customisation options without any waiting period, the centre will simplify transactions for the company’s dealers and remove the need for them to stock vehicle accessories.

To begin with, the vehicle personalisation centre will offer three customisation options on the Ford EcoSport including, spare wheel (cover) pack for all EcoSport variants, alloys pack that offers premium quality alloys and rear-spoiler for EcoSport’s Ambiente and trend trims and sports pack that includes rear-spoiler, LED scuff plate, roof cross-bar for EcoSport’s Titanium and Titanium (O) trims. Ford plans to expand the personalisation centre’s offering offerings later this year.

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