HSBC employee claims “Toxic Work Environment” post went viral

HSBC Employee Claims Toxic Work Environment Allegations
A toxic workplace can severely impact employees' well-being, productivity, and overall job satisfaction, as well as the organization's reputation and effectiveness.

Recently, Nitka Kumari, an employee at HSBC publicly accused the company of severe workplace toxicity, including ethnic harassment, as her tenure there comes to an end.

A toxic workplace can severely impact employees’ well-being, productivity, and overall job satisfaction, as well as the organization’s reputation and effectiveness.

Nitka Kumari shared the LinkedIn Post, saying, **WORKPLACE TOXICITY** I have been working in HSBC GSC HYD for more than a year and as this journey comes to an end now, I would like to share my experience with you all. The first thing that comes to our mind while joining any new company is about their workplace environment and their HR policies.”

“There have been quite a few incidents that happened during the last one year which I neglected thinking “Isn’t this what corporate life feels like?” I neglected everything to the point where it became unbearable for me and made me go through some serious mental health issues and panic attacks”, the post added.

The post further said, “The most recent incident that I would like to share with you all is when I was ethnically humiliated by one of my colleagues. The incident happened on 22 April 2024 when I was subjected to ethnically insensitive remarks by my colleague hashtag #Ajmeera Ashok. The exact words which were used by him are ‘EK CHAMAAT MAARENGE, BIHAR PAHUCH JAOGI’ which exactly means – I will slap you so hard, you will go back to Bihar.”

“I did follow the protocol and informed my manager hashtag #Ayeesha Talukdar about the whole incident but nothing came out of it, except for a team meeting where I was told that my colleague did not physically assault me, it was just a hateful comment which I can let go of. I reached out to the concerned HR team and filed a POSH Complaint for the same, after weeks of the incident, on 3 May, I received an email from the HR team to give feedback for the same without any updates on what action was taken”, Nitka added.

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Explaining the incident, she said, “I did let go of everything thinking that anyway I would be leaving the office soon as I was currently in my notice period when another incident happened. I was on a smoke break when the hashtag #VINAY KUMAR RAJULDEV, AMO from the UK CDD team approached me and made objectifying remarks on me. The comment he made was ‘Tmhare jaisi ladki hum aaj tk ni dekhe hai, akele pura UK team ka naam kharab kr k rkhi hai.’ which means – He has never seen a girl like me, I have ruined the name of their team.”

“I did ask him the reason for saying such things to which he replied ‘tmhare alawa kisi UK team ki ladki ko hm ni dkhe hai cigarette pite huye’ which means – he has never seen any girl from the UK team smoking cigarettes. Later while going back inside the office, I saw him eating tobacco and spitting on the wall inside the office premises. My LWD is 13 June 2024 and I hope this post reaches everyone who is currently working in HSBC and to the people who are planning on joining HSBC GSC HYD before I leave”, the post concluded.

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