I worked with a BPO for 1.5 years and I had a severe anxiety attack back in January 2018, I called the HR and explained the problem I went through, also mailed volunteer resignation letter with doctor’s prescription and test reports but they did not entertain it. So I absconded my employer without serving a 60 days notice as agreed in employment agreement.
I now received a legal notice from my employer to pay 1.5 lakh as breach of agreement to compensate the losses incurred to them. I used to get 17000 per month and I belong to a lower middle class family. I am jobless now and neither could afford an advocate. They keep calling me and asking to pay the sum in 15 days or they will file a suit against me in appropriate court of law.
Can you tell me what should I do now?
– No arbitration clause in the agreement.
Even in the absence of an arbitration agreement or arbitration clause in your employment agreement, it may be possible for you to negotiate with the employer. If it is convenient for you and if the employer is agreeable, you can try to convince them for payment of 60 days’ salary in lieu of not having given the two months’ notice.
If the employer company wants to file a suit for the amount of Rs. 1.50 lakh, it may have to incur expenses initially for filing of case, payment of professional fee to the lawyer, etc., and then there is no guarantee that the employer would win the case. So, it is quite possible that the employer may agree and settle for a small amount if you negotiate with them, since filing a case may not be cost-effective for them.
In the worst situation, if a suit is actually filed against you, there would be no option for you except contesting the case on merits wherein you can show your side of the story.
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