Zomato, one of India’s largest food delivery companies, made international headlines this week when its CEO Deepinder Goyal announced a menstrual leave policy for all female and transgender employees. Employees will be permitted to take 10 days off per year as menstrual leave.
In an email to employees, Goyal wrote that “Zomato understands that men and women are born with different biological realities. It is our job to make sure that we make room for our biological needs, while not lowering the bar for the quality of our work and the impact that we create.” He also stated, “There shouldn’t be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave. You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day.”