After Tech Mahindra hit headlines last week for firing an employee over the phone, the recording of which went viral , the Hyderabad High Court has admitted a writ petition filed by four laid-off employees of the IT firm. The court has also issued a notice to the IT giant asking it to explain the unlawful job cuts.
Not just the firm, Justice M S Ramachandra Rao has also issued notices to Telangana and its labour department officials and they now have three weeks to respond to the same, reported the Times of India. A Satyaprasad, the counsel for the laid off employees, told the court that Tech Mahindra in Hyderabad was carrying out mass layoffs and said that the Human Resources department was forcing the firm’s employees to resign.
With this, Tech Mahindra has reportedly violated Sec 47(2) of Shops and Establishments Act, as per which an employee cannot be terminated if there is a pending petition with the Labour Commissioner Now that the high court has issued the notice, the Forum of IT Professionals, an organisation that works for the wellbeing of IT employees in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said that it was happy that such a step had been taken. “ForIT expresses its happiness that the High Court has taken cognizance of the IT retrenchments by admitting this writ petition. Issuing notices to Tech Mahindra is a positive development. We, the IT employees, need to realise that there are laws that protect our livelihoods, and we should fight to retain those rights,” Money Control quoted the organisation as saying