"Even though the HR himself was not behaving well and literally shouting at me."
Employee should record such transactions (audio/visual). These may come handy at appropriate time in appropriate forum. "Damn" is not a derogatory word.
HR has failed in coercing you to sign a document, which shall not go well with superior of HR and that is why this HR guy is now looking for some situation.
“I was being put on a performance improvement programme(PIP) with specified targets and goals at the end of which it would be decided to let me continue in the organization or to separate from the organization.”
PIP is touted opportunity to be produced as a document to show that company granted opportunities like “Verbal Challenge” training under PIP to better the performance of the employee and thus justify the termination.
The targets given are usually unreasonable. In case of Uniform and Universal decline in sales throughout the company, trade and industry an employee should not be singled out.
However Hr version is majority of the employees have been tested and it is time to replace them. So the PIP etc.
If many employees are being put under PIP it is time to join hands, be united and be witness to each other. Line management and HR shall do everything possible to coerce and force all of you but if you are united and willing to be witness to each other you can walk out of situation without any major loss or suffering. All of you may approach a competent and experienced service lawyer and proceed under expert advice.
It is time to firm up your next venture and move on.
You shall face certain issues now and it shall be better to be careful on what you say and what you sign. Majority of the employee under PIP shall be discharged either by resignation or termination.
You could have pointed out that you need to examine the document and shall sign later.
If any memo is issued you may mention that you wanted to take some time and submit the document latter but the HR personnel was pushing you to sign on the pre printed/ filled up document then and there and was rude and crude with you.
If a show cause notice is issued let your lawyer draft the reply. It shall be appropriate to consult your lawyer and prepare beforehand.
In majority of the states IT companies are exempted from Industrial Employment Standing Orders Act. Karnataka is withdrawing this exemption.
In a given situation employee can invoke the Industrial Employment standing orders Act, Payment of Wages Act, SE Act, and ID Act as per explanation of employee under these
Enactments or approach civil court.