Maternity Period – Right of Protection of Service

The right of protection of service during the maternity period is essential to ensure equality at the workplace for a woman employee. The right of maternity protection is envisaged under various International Human Rights and Labour Conventions and it is statutorily implemented in India through the Act of 1961. There is a growing increase in the women’s participation at the workplace, especially in the urban areas. There is also an increase in the awareness to provide conducive working environment for women. Strict implementation of the Act, which ensures health and stress free environment for a working woman cannot be emphasized enough. Arbitrary termination of service during the maternity period, not only affects the concerned woman employee, but creates a sense of despair and disillusionment amongst the working women in general. Zee News Ltd. v. Sonika Tiwari, 2016 (148) FLR 436.

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