Maternal leave in private companies


Are Private Companies bound to give Maternity Leave to their employees?

"Maternity Leave Fight" reached Supreme Court first in 1964. 


The five judges bench gave the verdict that even Private Companies cannot put a condition that an unmarried woman will have to leave service if she marries. 

The main objection of the company was such that a married woman may ask for "Maternity leave" when she may become pregnant. 

The objection was rejected by the Supreme Court.
( Civil Appeal No.274 of 1964 dt.3/11/65)

After 54 years from that SC judgment, private companies still have reservations about giving "Maternity Leave". 

Now they put a condition that if a married woman will ask for Maternity Leave, her salary for that period will be cut off. It will be leave without pay... 

The fight goes on...

 
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