Sacked without valid reason: Woman employee gets Rs 12.5 lakh as compensation

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Bengaluru, Nov 5: A 27-year-old techie has finally got justice in the form of compensation of Rs 12.5 lakh, after she was sacked without any reason by her US-based office located in Bagmane Tech Park near CV Raman Nagar, Bengaluru.

According to a report published in Bangalore Mirror, the woman employee, a native of Delhi, had joined the company as technical system analyst on July 16, 2012 and after three months, she had got her confirmation letter.

She was initially noted by her company managers for her exceptional performance for which she even got a salary hike of 8% on May 8, 2013, while her colleagues got a hike of 5% only.

Moreover, she even received a certificate of appreciation and a letter from her boss saying, "I appreciate your ongoing contribution and I am pleased to have you as member of our team, Congratulations."

Besides, she also got a lucrative incentive of Rs 56,694.

HR manager told the employee that she should immediately leave the company.

But things took a U-turn and she was asked by her manager to go through the 'performance improvement plan', after which she was shocked.

Then, she approached the HR that why she was being asked to take 'performance improvement plan', even though her performance was at par.

But, she could not get any response, instead the HR asked her to keep quiet about the issue.

On October 29, 2013, the HR manager told her that she has been fired and she should immediately leave the company.

When she asked them the reason, then she was taken out by the security guards and was not even allowed to take her belongings.

Then, she filed an FIR against the company at the HAL Police Station, and with the help of two constables, she got back her belongiongs.

She again contacted the company to know why she was sacked, without any explanation or prior notice. As her pleas went in vain upon the deaf ears, she decided to approach the State Women's Commission that recommended her to contact the Labour Department.

The case hearings went on since July 14, 2014 to September 15, 2014 and in a span of three months, the Labour Department sought compensation for the unfair treatment meted out to her and termination from service, without providing valid reasons.

The total amount of compensation was Rs 12.50 lakh including Rs 4 lakh for mental torture, cost of hiring an advocate, besides six months' gross salary, cost of medical treatment that amounted to nearly Rs 1 lakh.

The company which was earlier reluctant to provide the said compensation, later agreed to hand over Rs 10.55 lakh, after deducting taxes. It gave the cheque of Rs 10.55 lakh to the Labour Department and the sacked employee can now claim it.

Both the parties have withdrawn the cases against each other.

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