I'm so badly upset now! I'm working for a small company in Chennai, India for around 3 years. I was having a good relationship with my Team & management in the past years. But when i decided to leave my job after having a good offer from an MNC things are gone upside down.

I formally applied for resignation and asked the management that i can duly serve the 3 months notice period. The new MNC company also agreed for this 3 months Notice period.

But my current Employer is not accepting my resignation now & also want me to serve for one more year and they will not increase my pay during this period.

They are threatening me that if i resign now i will not get my Relieving letter and also they will not refer me in future. They say that they are completely under the legal bounds. I am so vexed and tried so hard to convince them that i can transfer my work to others in this 3 months notice period but they are totally disagreeing to this.

I'm a soft person and i did not spoke anything hard.

  1. How can i explain my situation to my new employer?
  2. What are the legal things that i can take advantage of?
  3. Would this affect my career?
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    I think your best bet would be to contact a lawyer immediately. If there's no information in your contract about this sort of condition then threatening you to withhold your relieving letter is probably illegal. Then again, I'm not an expert on Indian labor laws. I must repeat: contact a lawyer immediately. – AndreiROM May 6 '16 at 18:09
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    Note that this kind of nonsense is common enough that we have a relieving letter tag specifically for it. I don't think most of us can help, since India's employment system is it's own unique nightmare, often involving what most of the world would call blackmail. The best I can suggest would be looking for an expert on Indian employment law. – keshlam May 6 '16 at 18:19
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    India employment law sounds like slave labor to me. This seems to be quite egregious and many employment lawyers in the US would be salivating at suing them into the ground, but I don't know what options there are under Indian law. – Bill Leeper May 6 '16 at 18:31

Talk to a labour lawyer immediately.

What they are trying to do is likely illegal however local law and the specifics of your contract will come into play. Don't talk to your new employer until your labour lawyer advises you that it is ok. Trouble with your start date could make the new employer decide against hiring you, so be 100% sure about your actual availability before saying anything.

  • @Employee_007 Please let us know how the situation resolves. – Myles May 9 '16 at 14:21

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