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‘No one in their sane mind will deny maternity leave to a woman’

Radhika Gupta claimed that her company has asked her to resign after she asked them to allow her maternity leave.

Written by Hemani Bhandari |
Updated: July 22, 2016 9:13:41 pm
Radhika Gupta (Source: TopYaps) Radhika Gupta (Source: TopYaps)

Noida-based Radius Synergies International Pvt. Ltd on Friday refuted allegations that it had asked its HR executive Radhika Gupta to resign because she sought maternity leave. The version of the 28-year-old assistant manager, in which she claimed the company had denied her maternity leave, then forced her to resign saying they can’t afford an employee to stay away for so long and finally fired her, had gone viral on social media.

Company director H S Singh told IndianExpress.com that the company never asked her to resign. “In fact, we asked her to meet us in person to resolve the issues between the two parties before we sent the termination letter.”

“Radhika was the company’s HR and a lot of employees had issues with her that demanded attention. We asked her to meet with us to resolve the issues, but after the meeting where we told her about employees’ issues, she stopped reverting to our emails. The termination letter was sent to her after she stopped coming to office and replying to several emails sent to her,” claimed Singh.

Singh says he is shocked at Radhika’s allegation on refusal of maternity leave by the company as they’ve been supportive throughout her pregnancy. “We have email exchange to show how every time she has asked for work-from-home due to her ill-health, we have allowed her to login from home. I don’t know how the maternity leave became an issue here,” he said. “I understand the value of motherhood and it’s her right to ask for it. It’s even written in her contract. No one in their sane mind will deny maternity leave to a woman. The only issue was her behaviour and function in the company” he added.

Earlier this month, Gupta apparently sent an email to Singh asking him to allow her maternity leave from September, 2016 stating that she will be available for official work on emails and phone calls. An hour later, she claimed to have received a mail from Singh attached with a cheque of her one month’s salary and Letter of Employment informing her that she has been terminated.

“My employer has terminated my employment with immediate effect after applying for medical leaves and maternity leaves . More to my shock, before terminating my employment today I got a call from office and they threatened me to resign again or else they will terminate my employment and said that termination will not be good for my career,” she wrote in a Facebook post tagging Meneka Gandhi and PMO India.

Her story went viral on social media with headlines like “This Company Fired A Woman Because She Asked For Maternity Leave. This Is Really Pissing Off” and “Instead Of Being Given Maternity Leave, This Woman Was Fired From Her Job.”

In fact, Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi herself tweeted assuring her of help.

“She threatened us that her husband has contacts in media and she’ll defame the company,” said Singh.

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