The Saga over “Moonlighting”

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Moonlighting is the practice of working two jobs simultaneously. While most jobs are day oriented and are 9-to-5 in the daytime the other jobs are during the night time, hence the “moon” reference. It is believed that people with meagre incomes chose moonlighting as a way to make an extra penny for sustenance.

Now, the brouhaha over moonlighting was triggered when Wipro fired 300 of its employees for moonlighting. Its Chairman Rishad Premji calls the practice “cheating, plain and simple” and was not hesitant to put it out there that the company has no place for any employee who chooses to work directly with rivals while being on Wipro payrolls. He’s reported to be stern in his view point and to have remained undeterred by the hate mails he’s been getting over his tweet.

Some other tech majors such as the IBM and the homegrown Infosys are in tune in calling moonlighting an unethical practice.

There’s uproar on the subject on social media with people championing the idea that What one does beyond the contracted “work hours” should be none of anyone’s business.

Employees, however, are not in a position where they can do much as they sign agreements containing clauses against “conflict of interest” that can be described by the employer in a myriad of ways. Nonetheless, Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) which is a group of employees are looking to fight this matter out and bring justice to aggrieved employees.

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