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 The News Minute | December 29, 2014 | 09.03 pm IST Following a recent news report by Business Standard which said that 25,000 employees which fall into the 20 year experience bracket would be under the scanner, a Chennai-based Young Tamil Nadu Movement, started six years ago has begun campaigning actively on social media against the company’s alleged mass layoffs. Talking at a press conference in Chennai on Monday, Parimala, representing Forum for IT Employees(FITE) said that the group had spoken to individuals across the country allegedly victimised by the said layoffs. She also said that some of those returning from work onshore and ladies opting for maternity leave were given a C band (the performance band ranges from A to E). When employees were given a 'C' rating more than once in their last three appraisals, this was then used as a reason to cite termination, she said. Just last week, a letter from TCS relieving an employee from its service made the rounds on social media. The authenticity of the letter, however could not be confirmed.   The issue in contention is the layoffs of a number of employees holding mid-level positions of Assistant Consultant and Associate Consultant in the company. According to the group, a number of employees have contacted them saying that those terminated are continuously given a ‘C’ grade band which is then cited as a reason for the termination. The group also held a meeting for TCS employees with legal experts discussing about measures to challenge the company legally about its decision to layoff employees, reported Deccan Chronicle. According to the group, the issue remains in getting current employees to appear for legal remedies. TCS had a total strength of 313,757 at the end of September, according to Business Standard. An analyst however said that it was essential that those employees in the industry who joined in the 90s need to either up their skills or leave the organisation, said the report. The group has not contacted TCS regarding the issue.