Principal Secretary (labour), Telangana Government, Labour Commissioner, Director, SEZ (Ministry of Commerce, Government of India), and SEZ Vishakhapatnam are the other respondents.
The petitioner contended that the IT companies were violating the Shops iamp; Establishments Act, 1988, by making the employees work for more than 48 hours a week. They were also allegedly not following the rules with regard leave policy and notice period.
Terming the exploitation of employees as "white collared slavery", the petitioner said that Accenture and Cognizant were violating most of the laws.
Vijay Gopal, who heads Forum Against Corruption, told IANS on Tuesday that the IT companies have been violating the laws for the last 30 years and that the labour department failed in its duty to act against such violations.
"These companies are excluding break and lunch from the calculation of weekly hours. Thus the employees are being made to work for more than 48 hours a week. The companies are not paying them over-time and thus depriving them of their money," he said.
Vijay also alleged that Accenture is making the employees sign a declaration to make them work for 11 hours a day.