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Female staff leave office early in Khaitan & Co Women’s Day HR initiative


Khaitan & Co’s Mumbai office celebrated International Women’s Day today with ceremonial cake cuttings, festive decorations, readings and an internal women-only email list, also allowing all female staff to leave the office at 330pm today.

The human resources (HR) department initiative was started to “keep people happy”, value the “human side” of lawyering and to encourage bonding, explained Khaitan’s HR head.

“We cut cake, we distributed flowers to female colleagues, we gifted them some organic soaps and spa package for reflexology to them, we also opened an email ID specifically for all females […]@khaitanco.com where they can kind of blog and all ladies were pampered with ice creams and deserts.”

One of the firm’s senior partners Ravi Kulkarni also gave a short speech and an article from an “ancient Hindi newspaper” dating back to 1975 was read out about Khaitan & Co’s “revolutionary ideas to get women lawyers sign as solicitors”. (Click here to download the article)

The “internal message list only for women” was not accessible to men but the HR head said that he kept hearing that “something interesting” had been discussed and circulated.

All female staff were also told to leave the office early at 3:30pm to 4pm which most had taken up and were happy about, he noted, although he admitted that at least one female lawyer was still in the office by around 7pm today.

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