TCS controversy: Pregnant windfall for co’s terminated woman employee Sasi Rekha

TCS said that it revoked the termination of its woman employee here as an exceptional case…

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IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today said that it revoked the termination of its woman employee here as an exceptional case since she was pregnant.

TCS which is facing the allegations of taking a decision to terminate the services of 25,000 workers, said the employee had not made known to it that she was pregnant, the company said in a press release.

“Sasi Rekha has stated in the affidavit before the Madras High Court that she is pregnant. This fact was not made known to TCS by Sasi Rekha during the exit process,” it said.

The company said that it considered this statement made by her, and “while disputing that employees are workmen within the Industrial Disputes Act, decided to revoke the letter relieving Sasi Rekha, as an exceptional case, in line with its practice of not relieving any employees during pregnancy.”

“This fact was brought to the knowledge of the court and recording the same, the court has dismissed the writ petition as infructuous,” the company said.

Sasi Rekha had challenged her termination in court and contended that the retrenchment move was illegal and in gross violation of Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

Earlier today, the Madras High Court dismissed a petition filed by Rekha after counsel for the software major said the firm has revoked the termination.

The termination letter to her was issued on December 22 last year.

The court had on Tuesday last restrained TCS from retrenching the analyst.

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First published on: 21-01-2015 at 14:03 IST