Takko Holding GmbH, Complaint 38

CONCERNING LABOUR STANDARDS
There is no discrimination in employment Safe and healthy working conditions
STATUS
Resolved
DATE
2013-06-14

The complainant claimed that the factory denied her maternity leave.
The complainant has worked in the factory for over 5 years as a piece rate worker. She applied for maternity leave in April with doctor’s certificate, which was denied by the factory manager. The reason given by the factory was that piece rate workers were not eligible for paid maternity leaves. She was disappointed and left the factory.

Findings and conclusions

On 14 June 2013 FWF received a complaint from a worker working in a factory supplying Takko. The complaint related to the labour standards ‘discrimination in employement’ and ‘safe and healthy working conditions’ that are part of FWF’s Code of Labour Practices.

FWF informed Takko Fashion on 16 June 2013. The factory paid the 1st installment of maternity leave benefit to the complainant on 20 June. The process was supervised by Takko’s local compliance staff. It also promised the affiliate that the 2nd installment will be paid once the worker returns after maternity leave. FWF will monitor the payment of the second installment when the worker returns to the factory.
The plaintiff (complainant) was satisfied with the result.

Overview of the complaint investigation

2013-08-28 Investigation

FWF informed Takko Fashion on 16 June 2013 and announced that the complaint was admissible. The general manager of the sourcing and product department of Takko were visiting suppliers in Bangladesh when the complaint was filed. On behalf of Takko he talked to the supplier regarding the issue. The supplier admitted that the worker was
eligible to maternity leave.
No investigation was needed in this case.

2013-08-28 Conclusion of the investigation

The factory should provide paid maternity leave to the worker according to local laws.

2013-08-28 Remediation

The factory paid the 1st installment of maternity leave benefit to the complainant on 20 June. The process was supervised by Takko’s local compliance staff. It also promised the affiliate that the 2nd installment will be paid once the worker returns after maternity leave.

2013-08-28 Verification

The complaints handler confirmed that the complainant has received the correct amount as prescribed by law.
FWF has contact details of the worker and will monitor the payment of the second installment when the worker returns to the factory.

2013-08-28 Evaluation of the complaint

The plaintiff (complainant) was satisfied with the result.

2013-08-28 Resolved

This complaint is resolved.