Making a TikTok video can cost you your job. Here's how?

Making a TikTok video can cost you your job. Here's how?

In a one of a kind incident, a female bus driver lost her job over a TikTok video. The contract of a Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) driver was terminated after a TikTok video featuring the driver went viral. The driver, Yogita Mane, was dismissed from her job on January 31.

According to reports, Ms. Mane, one of the two woman drivers for NMMT Tejaswini special buses, had danced inside the bus during her rest period after reaching Ghansoli depot.

“After we learnt of the video, we suspended the contract. The video was created during duty hours, in uniform and inside the bus, which is not acceptable. It is unprofessional conduct and gives out the wrong message,” Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Annasaheb Misal told The Hindu.

In the said 18-second video, Ms. Mane was seen dancing to a Marathi folk song. The video was uploaded to an account under the name pritigawai43.

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However, the driver defended herself and stated that the video was not made by her. The video was made by a woman autorickshaw, Priti Gawai with whom she would chat during break time. She alleged that despite repeatedly warning her before to not shoot the vidoes when she was in uniform, she went ahead and did it. It was learnt that after the incident, she deleted her TikTok account.

Ms. Mane said that none of the NMMT officials are ready to listen to her and she is done 'begging before them'. She clamed that she is proud of her capability and hasn't had a single accident. The lady driver had joined NMMT on contract basis last year when the Tejaswini buses were launched.

What were meant to be buses for only women, the vehicles were to have women conductors and drivers. However, it received no response and ended up having only two female drivers, of which no one has been terminated.

The buses run only for women on seven routes during morning and evening peak hours. Other than that, they are open for everyone during the rest of the day. They run between Thane, Ghansoli, Vashi, Nerul, Belapur and Kharghar.

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