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I joined with a company called NewtGlobal Consulting,LLC. in Chennai on 22nd November. As per the offer letter, I should get a joining bonus of 50k immediately after 1st successful month in the company. I asked them several times about the formalities that I may need to do for getting the bonus. They didn't tell me anything.
Now, suddenly they came to me and telling me that they won't give me my joining bonus right now. And they are forcing, pressuring me to go on long leave as I am pregnant. And they will give me the bonus once I am back from my leave.
Here I am perfectly fit to work, but they are forcing me to take leave.
They are not giving me my joining bonus
They are pressuring me in all the possible ways, so that I can leave the organization myself.
They want me to retain but they are not willing to pay me salary i.e. why insisting for leave.
Especially HR is making my life miserable and putting all the new rules only to me and to no one else in the organization.
They are not even having a courtesy that I am a pregnant, but torturing me a lot.

Please help me how can I get the justice.??

From India, Madras
Just relax. I really want to know what is the company all into and what is the designation/role you play. You said that you are pregnant, was this conveyed to them at the time of interview or before joining? Just need to know these for me to give you an appropriate feedback. Thanks.

From India, Bangalore
This is a software consulting company.
My Designation is : Information Specialist., basically into software development
Coming to informing them : I got the offer in 1st week of August. At that time I was not pregnant. I joined them on 22nd Novemeber. I informed them after I joined in the company. Before that there were no discussions about this. They would have asked, then I would have told them.

From India, Madras
Dear Tulasi,

You are protected under the Maternity Benefits Act 1961 and hence the company cannot do much.

You are entitled for 84 days leave during your pregnancy.

If your company is considering you as a liability its a company of loosers. However, thats not the point here.

You can file a complaint if necessary with the company and in extreme cases with the Local Labour office for mental harrassment. There are strict laws for it and should take care of you.

I would suggest you wirte a formal letter to the management / CEO / Director of the company bringing this to their notice. Also please mention the terms and conditions of your employment and that the same are not being followed and the amount not paid to you.

Please also mention about the mental harrassment being done to you by the concerned dept.

Also mark a cc to the local labour comissioneer if necessary.

The maternity benefits act protects you in many ways and the employer cannot terminate you or foricbly make you to resign.

This is a link to the act and I am also uploading a file.

All the best!!!!!

And Congratulations

From India, Pune

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Did you undergo medical examination and submit the reports before joining? Many companies are including pregnancy test in the medical tests to be carried out for female employees in order to escape from MB Act.

From India, Lucknow
There is no medical checkup before joining the company.
And I don't have any written communication about this torture they are doing it verbally.
As you told, I will write an email to our VP and see how the things will go.

From India, Madras
Hi Tulsi,
Many HR panel will not recruit a lady who is pregnant and that to for a critical assignment because they are forced to give them 12 weeks of paid holiday. This is more or less 60 days of productive days, which will be at least 480 productive hours. Speak with your management in regards to this and ask them what is that they have decided upon.
Make them understand that you are not going on leave from next week and you would be available on phone/on line if needed and would support them in any critical situation. Talk to the HR Head and I am sure that he/she won't come out with the exact reason, it is you who have to probe and get the information out. Good luck!

From India, Bangalore
They are telling me that. We cant place you in a client place as you are pregnant. So, go on leave. Thats it.
More over I am concerned about the joining bonus. I told them that even though I am fit to work, I can go on leave as per your orders but please provide me my joining bonus. They are not in a position to accept that.

From India, Madras
Hello Tulasi,

I agree with Mahesh on the parameters that HR people think governs the hiring process--but pl note that they are only thinking about the Organisation's interest in the way they look @ it.

Frankly, I think you too did the same thing [thinking more about your interest than the Organisation's] when you decided "They would have asked, then I would have told them" about your pregnancy. It's NOT a 'right' or 'wrong' issue. If you had informed them the moment your pregnancy got confirmed even before joining, don't you think you could have saved yourself all this trouble? Going by the way you used your words in this posting, I think your focus was more on the Signing Bonus than to ensure a WIN-WIN situation--where you gain & the Organisation also gains.

While I agree with Viraj, the HR may have judged that you hid the fact WILLFULLY--even though it may not be true. So I am not sure if going the legal way is the option you need to pursue--not that it's not the right one, but whether it's suited to your situation is for you to decide. The primary aspect in such a course-of-action would be the associated stress--it's upto you to decide if you can take it.

I can see only one way you can handle this with some semblance of peace-of-mind--especially at this important point-of-time in your life. You can go on leave here & then try for other openings--if you get them, you can send in your formal resignation here. If you can't, you will at least have something in hand when you are ready to work after your delivery.



From India, Hyderabad
Hi Tulsi,
Can you be little more clear on "Going on Leave". I mean is that paid leave, duration, etc. Again what TS has commented is valuable. You can get things solved legally, however it is wouldn't be a neutral situation.

From India, Bangalore

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