I have a question and do not where to post. My employer has collected my certificates when I joined the company. I didn't realize it could so horrible until I saw few of my colleague treated roughly my the managing director. This worries me a lot. I am experienced and don't want get treated like few of my colleagues.
My question is whether the employer can collect academic certificates of employee who joins the company. What are my legal options or other options?

From India, Secunderabad

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I am not sure of legality of collecting academic certificates.
However, it is not fair practice to do so. Trust should be foundation of employer and employee relationship.
Do you have proof of having submitted the certificates? I mean you should have taken acknowledgement for having submitted the certificates. If you have the same, you can enforce it. You can complain to police and get the certificate.
If you dont have such acknowledgement, you can ask for a acknowledgement in a clever manner. It is tricky situation. You should handle it delicately.

From India, Bangalore
Thanks vishwanath, I am aware of it. I was just checking the legality. I was eager to find whether there is any provision in a law which I can use. I am pretty sure police station under whose jurisdiction company comes would be in good terms with managing director. I don't want to end up as a scape goat or as bad experience to other colleagues of mine.
From India, Secunderabad
Hey notsosmart,,

in our company we faced a problem, we had apprentices joining us and they did a large chunk of work for as low as 1500 - 4000 rs...

They were from outstation villages and used to live in our city in rented houses / rooms,, after 2-3 months they got some better job with more pay,, and as de are from very poor families they used to be absconding ,,, so only once my boss told me to collect atleast one original cert from them so that they dont run away,, one boy from MP had come and joined as APP,, he was diploma in electrical,, he was so innocent that he submitted his whole file of credentials originals to us,, after that i left the company,, it was decided and told them when they leave they would get back the certificates.. may the boy he must have left the company,, or must be still working with the company, but I have full faith that in my company the people are good, even if he tells in betn that he wants to go,, the people will hesitate but atlast they will give him his originals,, if your manging director doesnt give ur certificates,, KICK him,,,.... he has to give it....

and he cant hesitate from giving it back,,

But for time being tell that ur going to do MBA or some course and need original for attestation,,,

From India, Pune
Just tell me in which type of company you are working,, what type of company is this,, and ur post,,, but i think u shld get back ur originals ,,,
From India, Pune
Dear all,
Tis' highly unethical and
ruining one's (employee's) career
at any level
in the pretext of an absurd control mechanism
for that matter by the employer
equally likely the onus lies on the
employee for that sake also
who might have or
would have succumbed
to such undue pressures
and also it shows the desperateness
with the employee and
naturally for which any employer
at that ocassion would try and captivate on
so it is the end user here in the employee
to blame for him/herself rather than the employer
for having had accepted to offer
his/her testimonial and what not
please mail your querries on agreement disagreement
to : ,
bye for now
all the more i have to strongly quote here that it is unethical on the part of the employer
and also employee desperateness is revealed

From India, Madras
in my 17 years of industry and entrepreneurial experience, I have seen that in 99.99% of the cases, it is best to call the employer's bluff! Most of such type of MD's are simply bullies, taking their frustrations out on employees who they feel will take the abuse and keep quiet.
There is no law in this country that encourages abuse of any kind. Show some spine and take this person on! Learn from all the positive messages you see on this site and display some integrity. You will be then feel like a winner all your life!!!! Dont take abuse of any kind and ask for your certificates otherwise, threaten legal action. Wait and see, you will get what you want. Blackmail is not an option in our country.

From India, Khopoli
Hello Mr. Prashant
I can see your experience from the response, this MD is a real bully. There is lot of difference in the way offshore and onsite offices are managed.
I would certainly like to give the organization name, may be sometime later.
Thanks for the encouragement and support

From India, Secunderabad
NO ! This is just a forceful retention tool. How ever if you raise a hue and cry the mD has to bloody hell give it back. You can file a case directly with the district Magistratein case the Police is hand in gloves.
Even keeping Pass Port is an Offence.

From India, Mumbai
Its time to tell the name of the company.
MD calls this is as small or mid sized company as and when he pleases, there are about 30 people working in the BPO section and about 20 people in software division.
Company is located in Road no 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderbad.
Company's name is Smart-bridge solutions pvt limited.
Name of the MD is Varma Penmetsha.
Please search with MD's name "Varma Penmetsha" in google and you would find other side of him.

From India, Secunderabad

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