Cognizant Management 3rd meets FITE & Layoff Employees in Chennai LC – Press Release

Date: 24 May 24, 2017



Press Release

Labour Department had called for a follow up meeting between Cognizant and its employees   affected by termination process today, May 24, 2017.


Cognizant representatives had met the Labour Department Commissioner before the scheduled time and had just repeated same words, “No layoffs happened.” They had also left before the meeting started.


FITE Representative and around 20  employees from CTS, who were either terminated already or being forced to resign, attended today’s meeting. The employees explained their disputes to the Labour Department Commissioner.


Labour Department Commissioner clarified that all IT Sector employees come under the IT Disputes Act, and an organization cannot terminate employees without notice. She further detailed that employer must issue a Suo Moto followed by suspension and only then, they might dismiss or terminate the employees. Adding to that she said that employees need not resign the jobs if they are being threatened.


She also asked the employees who had already resigned to file 2A, and those who are under threaten could file 2K as a group. FITE will work with the employees and file the petitions as mentioned.


The letter of agreement on today’s discussion will be issued by the Labour Department on Friday (May 26, 2017).


It was a great meeting with the Chennai Labour Department Commissioner and we appreciate his support to the affected employees.




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  • Nithya Kalyani

    Hi, I was forced to resign in May 2017 by my Supervisor (Cognizant, Chennai). I want some help from FITE. At that time, I was helpless and when I came to know about FITE, it was too late. Can I do something now? Please advise. -Nithya

    • Sunkul Cadh

      Sorry to hear about your experience and for the delayed response. Please get in touch with a Labour lawyer immediately because you can file a dispute up to 3 years from the date of dismissal. Keep all documentary evidence with yourself that will be required later. Initially if 6 months has passed from date of dismissal then you will have to go through conciliation with Labour Commissioner but if it is within 6 months you have all rights to file the claim directly in Labour Court in the jurisdiction where you stay. Contact a lawyer especially labour lawyer to proceed further. All the best.