#MeToo: Ishrath Nawaz of Publicis India sacked
Executive Creative Director, Ishrath Nawaz joined Publicis in April this year from McCann Worldwide
Published - 20-October-2018
Publicis India has sacked Ishrath Nawaz, Executive Creative Director, who has been called out for sexual misconduct under the ongoing #MeToo movement. The agency confirmed the same in a statement issued on Twitter, “The investigation in relation to Mr Ishrath Nawaz has been concluded. Mr Nawaz’s conduct has been found to be violative of Publicis India’s policy. Consequently, Mr Ishrath Nawaz’s services have been terminated," read the statement.
Statement. pic.twitter.com/DrwlDmD7SI— Publicis India (@PublicisIndia) October 19, 2018
Nawaz was accused of harassment by Sneha Dhakan, an advertising professional. The harassment, she says, allegedly took place from August 2016 to January 2017 in Mumbai at the firm they used to work at together. Nawaz was the creative director and manager whom she directly worked under. "He's a habitual predator and still keeps climbing up the ladder in spite of everyone knowing everything," she wrote on Twitter. Many other women came out and accused Nawaz of sexual harassment.
Publicis India promptly acted when Nawaz was called out on Twitter for harassing women. The agency immediately initiated an internal investigation in the case. The agency informed that it has an ICC set up in the Publicis Groupe in line with The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 — PoSH Act 2013. The committee at Publicis Groupe was formed in 2014.
Nawaz joined Publicis in April this year. He joined the agency from McCann Worldwide and had previously worked with agencies such as Soho Square, Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB Ulka and Rediffusion Y&R.
Publicis’ decision to sack Nawaz comes a day after Dentsu Aegis Network sacked four of its employees after concluding a week-long internal investigation on allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women.