Caixa announces departure of vice president cited in moral harassment complaint

Caixa announces departure of vice president cited in moral harassment complaint

Caixa Econômica Federal announced the departure of its vice president of Technology and Digital, Cláudio Salituro. He is the fourth vice president to leave the bank since sexual harassment allegations against Pedro Guimarães, who was fired in June.

Salituro’s departure was announced this Monday (17th) in a statement to the market. Caixa only said that the vice president resigned for “personal reasons”, and did not announce who will assume the vice presidency of Technology and Digital.

“Caixa Econômica Federal informs Brazilian society, its customers and employees, and the market in general that the Board of Directors accepted, on this date, the resignation request, for personal reasons, of Mr. Claudio Salituro from the position of Vice-President of Technology and Digital”, says the note.

“CAIXA thanks Mr. Claudio Salituro for his relevant contributions, professionalism and dedication, wishing him success in the new challenges.”

In July, journalist Ricardo Noblat’s blog on the Metrópoles website published videos and audios in which Salituro appears filming and cursing servers and contractors. At the time, Caixa stated that the material would be analyzed by the bank’s Internal Affairs and by “an independent company to be hired by the new management”.

As soon as she assumed the presidency of Caixa, Daniella Marques, promised to strengthen internal reporting channels and encourage reports of possible irregularities, including sexual and moral harassment. To symbolize the end of the Guimarães era, the bank ended the mandatory use of ties.

Caixa’s board of directors is made up of 12 vice-presidencies. Since the scandal against Guimarães came to light, three vice presidents have left their posts: Celso Leonardo Barbosa, from Wholesale Business; Antônio Carlos Ferreira, from Logistics; and Camila de Freitas Aichinger, former vice president of the Retail Network.

On September 29, the MPT (Ministry of Labor) asked the Court to order the former president to pay R$30.5 million for the practices of sexual harassment, moral harassment and discrimination against bank employees.

The lawsuit also asks that each member of the company’s Board of Directors be sentenced to pay just over R$3 million for “the failure to supervise the acts of the state-owned company’s directors”.

As for the bank, the MPT requests the Court to pay R$ 305 million “for the omission in the investigation of such acts” and for joint and several liability. Guimarães’ defense classified the action as “unfounded and electoral”.

The bank, on the other hand, has highlighted four actions taken from June onwards: hiring an external audit; the formation of an independent committee to investigate the allegations; linking the internal affairs department to the Board of Directors for greater independence; and the strengthening of the whistleblowing channel with specialized professionals.

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