In a land-mark judgement, the Madras High Court has ordered that casual workers are also eligible for 3 months paid maternity leave.The order was given in a petition submitted by one woman casual worker who was denied paid maternity leave and also denied job when she tried to join returning after delivery.

The Court stated that even casual workers are eligible for paid maternity leave if they had worked for 80 days in 12 months preceding childbirth.