Tata Steel is seeking applications only from transgender people for the post of Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) operators (trainee) in its West Bokaro Division in Jharkhand. The steel giant is known for hiring employees from the LGBTQ+ community. The partners of these people are eligible for the HR benefits of the company.
In its job posting, the company stated, “Tata Steel, India Workplace Equality Index certified (for LGBTQ+ inclusion) is looking for candidates (Transgenders only) for the position of HEMM Operator Trainee (Dumper, Drill Dozer, Excavator, Pay Loader, Crane etc,) for its coal division at West Bokaro, Ramgarh, Jharkhand.”
To be eligible for the job, one should have passed Matriculation and be born between September 1, 1981, and September 1, 2003; and candidates would be evaluated with a written test, interview, and practical orientation test, followed by Medical Examination, the post stated.
In 2020, Tata Steel was named a Top Employer for LGBT+ inclusion by India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI), the country’s first comprehensive benchmarking study to measure and enable efforts for LGBT+ inclusion.
“IWEI Top Employers is the definitive list showcasing the best employers in India for lesbian, gay, bi, trans employees. Tata Steel’s place as a Top Employer 2020 recognises the company’s commitment to advancing equality for LGBT+ people. Tata Steel is one of 18 organizations to feature in the Silver category,” the company said in a press release.
This was the inaugural IWEI Top Employers list, featuring 52 organisations that have been recognised as ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ or ‘gold’, depending on their final score. Organisations participating in this Index make it clear that they support equality for LGBT+ people at work.
In 2019, taking a step to further to reinforce the culture of inclusion and to enable LGBTQ+ employees to have equal rights at the workplace, Tata Steel rolled out a new HR policy last year that enables colleagues from the LGBTQ+ community to avail all HR benefits permissible under the law for their partners (people of same-sex living together) like coverage for child care leave, newborn parent leave, medical benefits, joint house points, employee assistance programmes, domestic travel policy, health check-ups, transfer and relocation benefits, honeymoon package and more
Under the expanded diversity and inclusion (D&I) policy, Tata Steel employees and their partners will be able to avail a host of benefits including health check-ups, medical facilities, adoption leave, newborn parent and child care leave, and inclusion in employee assistance programme (EAP).