A Pune-based woman was reportedly terminated by her company, where she was working for 5 years. The woman employee was fired after she was diagnosed with HIV and after almost three years she got justice from the Labour Court.
The Labour Court on Monday directed the company to reinstate her in the same post she was working in, along with providing all the back wages. In 2015, the company terminated her after she submitted a medical document for claiming medical benefits which revealed that she was diagnosed with HIV, following which the company asked her to resign within 30 minutes on the same day.
Speaking to ANI she said, "I was asked to submit a document for the medical claim and when I did that, they asked me about it (HIV). I told them I got it from my husband and within 30 minutes, they forced me to resign. I was working there as a trainee operator for 5 years."
However, the woman claimed that she was verbally asked by the company that the reason behind her removal is HIV but the documents she was provided clearly mentioned "absenteeism" as the reason.
Advocate Vishal Jadhav, who appeared for woman told ANI, "An employee was terminated on the basis of being tested positive for HIV, however, the company claims that the employee resigned herself."
"The company was asked to reinstate her in the same post she was in, along with providing all the back wages," he added.