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Kamal sir,
no matter however truthful be your reply it is more of emotional reply rather than practical, and i doubt if any company do follows this right even before the women joined the company. . Also women should not understand that since they are planning to have baby lets join a job and get maternity benefits ;) with no work and earn money. Even such women exist in the world. And to the people who have supported it, must really not be working in HR, even if they work and knowingly if you take such employee tomorrow management will fire you. While running a business be it proprietorship or MNC, no company will knowingly take such loss on their heads.
Now instead of us arguing i would request the poster to tell us what exactly happened whether her friend got the job or not???????????

From India, Madras
Dear Ravi,
As far as her appointment is concerned, it is certain that she will get the appointment as the case at hand is related to SBI (State Bank of India) and it is a public sector undertaking. The same has certain norms which are strictly adhered to and if not, can be enforced through the court of law as a matter of right.
However the big question here is that how can an HR of the company can term any employee benefit as a loss to the company. Moreover, as far as my experience is concerned i have not came across any woman employee during my whole career, who joined any organization just to get the maternity benefit. If there are any they must be very very few one.
I wonder if any other worth member have came across such case or not.

From India, New Delhi
When women can leave their one day born child in dustbins and on roads dont you think there would be women who would take advantage of pregnancy and get benefits of money , leisure etc.
This is the truth my dear friend. Lets wait for confirmation from the opener as to what happened to her friend.

From India, Madras
Dear All,

I respect every one who has contributed to this discussion.

I feel (it’s my view), we are discussing this issue not to the point. The question raised over here is whether woman candidate for an interview can be rejected on the ground of pregnancy or not?

There can be two views to answer it i.e. either “yes” or “not”.

Each view has some reasoning to it.

We should rather discuss on this line being HR Professionals.

According to me, which I repeat, there is no law in existence which restrains the interviewer to consider the candidature on the ground of pregnancy. There is no law declares the rejection of candidature on the ground of pregnancy as an offence.

One can differ to my reasoning. One can correct me if the facts of Law as quoted by me are wrong.

Now, what should be and what should not be – it is a totally different aspect. Each one may have his different view. I, as a Business Manager or Business Employer will show reluctance to appoint her since she will not be available to me in the first year itself for employment and that too during her probation.

I have expressed my personal views. There is no intension to hurt any one.

I remain.

With warm regards.

Keshav Korgaonkar

From India, Mumbai
The pregnant candidate can be made temporarily ufit and allowed to join after three months after her actual delivery
From India, Mumbai
Denying a pregnant woman a job is tantamount to discrimination.
From Kenya, Mombasa
Hi, If someone is 5/6 months pregnant at the time of interview of govt. insurance co., can she be rejected for the same reason.
From India, Mumbai
Not at all. . .. No person / company has a right to reject a Pregnant woman. . . !!!
From India, Mumbai
Dear All, The queriest asked the question on 21st Nov 2012. Four months are over by now. So let us ask the queriest "what is the out come of the interview in this four month time?".
From India, Mumbai
Dear Concern,
Good morning! Employer can't terminated any pregnant women except layoff of his / her company. If employer want to discontinue her job he/she should pay all salary for maternity benefits and addition as per lay off condition before discontinue job for pregnant employee.

From Bangladesh, Dhaka

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