The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“the Act”) has been enacted on 09.12.2013 for protection of women against sexual harassment at the workplace and for prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment. It is mandatory for all the workplaces who are having more than 10 employees, to form Sexual Harassment Policy and a separate “Internal Complaint committee (ICC)” for dealing with Sexual Harassment complaints.
Complying to the guidelines of the Act is one of the mandatory labour compliances which organizations needs to adhere to. The punishment prescribed for non-compliance under the the Act is fine uptoRs. 1,00,000/- or cancellation of license to carry out the business/service by the organization.
The firm has the expertise and the experience in drafting Sexual Harassment Policies for making the organization compliant withActand to organize workshops for the sensitization of the Employees of the Company and for educating the ICC on how to handle such complaints and the process/procedure to follow.
An increasing trend of complaints of sexual harassment at work places shows the increasing awareness. The main objective of Act is to ensure safe and secure environment to every woman, irrespective of her age, employment status, freedom from all forms of sexual harassment by making the employer responsible for the same. Non-compliance may not onlylead to cancellation of license of a Company but also exposes a Company’s employee to criminal prosecution and Company to civil prosecution, cases of Mr. P.K. Pauchauri from TERI and Mr. TarunTejpal from Tehelka are prominent examples of not complying to the Act in true sense, as a learned person has quoted that “it takes years to build reputation, but a moment to lose it”