Deloitte’s diversity champion Dimple Agarwal, one of the firm’s most senior UK consultants, is being investigated over accusations of bullying and inappropriate working practices.
Ms Agarwal, who is deputy UK chief executive and head of “people and purpose” at the Big Four firm, faced complaints from distressed staff over allegations she communicated aggressively and demanded that workers attend extremely early morning meetings.
The 49-year-old has been at the forefront of promoting diversity and inclusion at Deloitte. She said last year that the physical and mental wellbeing of the firm’s employees during lockdown is a priority for Deloitte.
Launching Deloitte’s policy on paid leave for “non-birthing parents” in 2019, Ms Agarwal said increasing the benefit was “part of our commitment to inclusion, where we are creating an environment of respect, dignity and belonging for all”.
She has previously said “it’s really important we balance our work and home life” – although complainants alleged that Ms Agarwal asked staff to take part in meetings before dawn.
Ms Agarwal has been absent from the firm with staff told that she was off sick, an insider said. The source said more than a dozen complaints have been submitted and an internal investigation has started.
A spokesman for Deloitte, which employs about 20,000 people in the UK, declined to comment. Ms Agarwal did not respond to requests for comment.