Srinagar: One of Kashmir’s prominent automobile outlets has asked its entire female staff to leave by the end of this month, allegedly over the “indiscipline” of a few employees. Peaks Auto Private Limited, an authorised outlet of Maruti Suzuki at Lasjan Bypass, issued an order on September 1 putting the entire female staff on notice, with a rider that the “decision is non-negotiable”.
“This is to inform all Peaks Group Kashmir – Srinagar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian – that you are being kept on notice period for one-month from September 1 and your last day of working in Peaks Group will September 30,” the order, signed by Peaks Group General Manager and HR head, said.
The company has asked these employees to look for an alternative job during the one-month notice period. “Believe me, it’s one of the toughest and hardest decisions I have ever taken in my whole career. The decision is non-negotiable, so don’t waste your time and efforts (sic),” the order said.
But HR head Captain Amit Sharma said the order had been revoked and it was only meant for “one or two girls who had done some nonsense thing (sic)”. Sharma, however, did not divulge what the matter was. “It was an internal matter, a disciplinary one. But they (girls) are not being removed. In case we receive any complaint, we will take disciplinary action against them,” he told Kashmir Reader.
According to him, it was due to some “miscommunication” that the order was issued and the issue had been settled with the employees. However, a group of employees refuted that claim, saying “No formal order (has been) issued yet. Verbally, we were asked to resume duties. But our image has been tarnished. We want the government to take action against the management for putting us in distress,” they said.
“If anyone commits a wrong, why did the company have to punish the entire female staff? It’s a misogynist approach to deal with a problem,” said an employee, on condition of anonymity.