“Agreed, the issue raises the eyebrows and stunned many working women. I too heard it first time in my career. It is the responsibility of human resource department of the company. How can they ask a woman employee to sign this type of agreement?” asked Diksha Seth, a practicing lawyer.
“I personally feel that women should ask this to their employers before signing the condition. What is the need to meet your boss after working hours, when employee has already completed her duty? I do not want to blame Sharma, but woman should be enough intelligent and aware of all terms and conditions of any company before joining any odd-hours jobs,” opined Mohima Narang, an HRD manager.
Chadha revealed that Sharma was made to terminate her pregnancies on various occasions. On the other hand, GGK also accused her of being hypersensitive by nature and unable to deal with the ordinary pressure. He blamed Sharma for unable to strike balance between professional and personal life.
“At the end, I am sure it will become typically a societal issue where it is very common to put blame on the girl. As Kanda is a high profile person, he may somehow try to escape by blaming her character and behaviour,” added Narang.
The company acts in India have set no such conditions for their employers. The corporations are free to formulate any acts; however the contract like meeting the boss at the end of duty may look as apprehensive and conflicting. The Federation of Company Acts must rethink about these acts which puts women employees in such a pitiable condition.
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