In a significant development, the labour commissioner in Pune has issued a directive to a Baner-based information technology (IT) firm, compelling it to provide maternity leave benefits to one of its HR managers. The ruling stems from a case where the HR manager, Krutakshi Jain, alleged discriminatory practices by her employer regarding maternity benefits.
Allegations of Discrimination and Unjust Termination
Krutakshi Jain filed a complaint against her employer, citing unjust termination shortly after disclosing her pregnancy. She accused the company of terminating her employment on February 24, 2023, merely days after informing them of her pregnancy. Despite seeking clarification on the reasons behind her dismissal, Jain was not provided with any explanation, leading her to approach the labour court.
Upon reviewing the case, the labour commissioner found merit in Jain’s claims and ruled in her favor. The directive mandates the IT company to not only provide monetary maternity benefits but also to issue a medical bonus to Jain within a seven-day timeframe.
Implications and Response
This ruling carries significant implications for maternity rights in the workplace, emphasizing the importance of upholding legal obligations towards pregnant employees. It serves as a stern warning to employers against attempts to deny such benefits, highlighting the consequences of non-compliance with maternity regulations.