In the first two weeks of March 2021, some 100-odd sales executives at seven-year-old edtech company Vedantu found themselves locked out of their email accounts. Their credentials were rescinded and the teams working under them were either disbanded or re-assigned. The executives were fired without any notice period, on charges of making “unethical or fraudulent” sales.
The Ken spoke to over 20 such executives over a joint Google Meet call. “They turned us into scapegoats. But they haven’t been able to prove any wrongdoing. So how can they fire us?” says one angry Bhopal-based business development executive (BDE).