Zomato Draws Praise for Introducing Period Leave for Employees - The New York Times

Published by NYTIMES.COM

Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    The policy, not common among large global companies, allows up to 10 days of period leave a year and applies to transgender employees.

    The company's founder and chief executive officer, Deepinder Goyal said in a statement to his employees: "There shouldn't be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave. You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day."

    Painful periods interfere with 20 percent of women's daily activities, according to a 2012 study.

    In Nepal, girls are banished to "Period huts" during their cycle because they are considered polluted, even toxic.

    Countries have made strides in addressing the issues surrounding periods, such as tackling the "Tampon tax." The Scottish Parliament this year passed a bill to make pads and tampons free across the board.

    Zomato isn't the first Indian company to introduce period leave.

    The state of Bihar has had two extra days of casual leave for government employees to take time off for periods since 1992.

    Zomato - a food aggregator that in 12 years has grown to become one of the largest food firms in the world, acquiring Uber's food-delivery business in India this year and maintaining a presence in 24 countries and over 10,000 cities - is forging ahead.Company employees can apply for period leave through a human resources portal, its statement said, and a sexual harassment team will be in place to respond to any employees facing harassment for taking the time off.

    The company's categorization of paid period leave is important, Ms. Chatterjee said; it distinguishes it from a few additional days of casual leave and can drive the national conversation.

    "There are an enormous number of menstruators who work in the unorganized labor sector as domestic workers, and no houses give them a day off when they have their periods," Ms. Chatterjee said.