Dismissed for hurling abuses at your boss? Don't complain or waste money by dragging him to court. In a major step at enforcing discipline in offices, the Delhi High Court has ruled that such misconduct is a valid ground for termination of service.
“If the employees who indulge in indiscipline remain in the organization, they work as a catalyst of indiscipline and the entire organization suffers from chain reaction. They should not remain there,” Justice S.N. Dhingra said, upholding a company's termination of 16 employees on this ground.
Jayanto Chatterjee, a union leader in a company, RPG Transmissions, instigated and provoked 15 others and gheraoed its HR head. They used abusive language against him and provoked other employees to join them.
Observing that incidents like this undermine the authority of the management, Justice Dhingra said such acts of indiscipline affects the smooth functioning of any organization and should not be tolerated.
Terming the punishment as “illegal, monstrous and untenable,” they had approached the Industrial Tribunal, which had upheld the action. They then moved the high court.
“Coming late, going early and sleeping during working hours can be corrected with a warning and watching their conduct in future. But incident of workmen getting violent and hurling filthy abuses cannot be tolerated and therefore the punishment awarded by the management cannot be said to be disproportionate to the gravity of misconduct,” the court said.