Pay arrears to ‘retd’ staff,court tells Oberoi Hotel

A Mumbai district labour court has called the Oberoi Hotel’s behaviour “unjust” and observed that the hotel has engaged in unfair labour practices by terminating an employee’s service arbitrarily.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai | Published: November 12, 2013 1:15:18 am

A Mumbai district labour court has called the Oberoi Hotel’s behaviour “unjust” and observed that the hotel has engaged in unfair labour practices by terminating an employee’s service arbitrarily.

Pratapsingh Ingle (58),who served at the premium five- star hotel for over 36- years was arbitrarily shown retired in August 2011,even when he had two more years of service pending. Ingle turned 58 in August,this year.

The court has directed the hotel to pay full wages and has directed Oberoi to cease and desist from engaging in “unfair labour practices”.

According to Ingle,who worked as Trainee utility worker with the hotel,was suddenly handed over a retirement certificate on August 24,2011,without any prior notice. Ingle in his petition said the hotel based the retirement letter on an assumed date of birth,which he never provided. Ingle based his claims on the leaving certificate by the school,insurance policies,and his passport. The school administration was made to depose before the court.

Labour court judge D T Vasave observed,“The year of birth of the complainant (Ingle) is shown as 1955 in all the documents and hence considering his year of birth as 1953,the respondents (Oberoi) have unilaterally retired him with effect from 24th August,2011,which is nothing but colourable exercise of their right….” Oberoi represented by counsel Rajesh Hukeri refuted Ingle’s claim.

sukanya.shetty@expressindia.com

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