A former senior executive has alleged ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey sexually harassed her.
SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — In the wake of sexual harassment claims against the company’s co-founder by a senior executive, ScoopWhoop on Wednesday released an official statement saying the company “strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace,” and that they take complaints of harassment “seriously.”
“ScoopWhoop strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace. We work towards ensuring a safe and secure workplace for all our employees and take any complaints of harassment extremely seriously,” the statement read.
“In line with workplace laws, ScoopWhoop has an Internal Complaints Committee . The ICC constitutes of two of our most senior and experienced women employees and an independent observer who has served on ICC panels across various prestigious and international companies. 40 percent of our workforce is women and we have equal representation in senior leadership positions. We have taken every step to ensure the complainant gets a fair hearing and are following the rule book on workplace harassment.”
The response comes on the heels of claims from a former senior executive of the media company that alleged workplace harassment against the company’s co-founder, Suparn Pandey. In the complaint, the former employee alleged multiple incidents of sexual misconduct, saying Pandey would touch her inappropriately and send her sexually suggestive videos.
“The complaint was forwarded to the ICC immediately on receipt and the same is being inquired as per law. The company is adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the Hon. Supreme Court of India and the law of the land against sexual harassment at workplace and the investigation is ongoing. As an FIR has also been filed separately by the complainant, and the police investigation is ongoing, we are extending full cooperation to the police to conduct a full and fair investigation into the matter. We are fully prepared to accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty,” the statement added.
In an internal memo to ScoopWhoop employees that was leaked Wednesday, one of the company’s other co-founders, Sattvik Mishra, wrote, “if there is any merit in the case against anyone in the company, strictest action will be taken.”