Harassment against Women at workplaces

What is sexual harassment ?

Many a times an woman faces  harassment at  her workplace because she is a woman(Agrived women). Sexual harassment to woman includes unwelcome acts and behaviour with physical contact or advances or a demand/request for sexual favour or making sexually coloured remarks showing pornography or any other unwelcome sexual conduct. It also includes preferential/ detrimental treatment in her employment, threat to present or future employment, creating offensive/hostile work environment, humiliatting treatment likely to affect her health or safety.

What is Aggrieved woman ?

An aggrieved woman is she who faces any of these harassment at her workplaces and she may be employed or not in relation to the workplace and may be a maid/domestic help at the house. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces(Prevention, Prohibitiopn and Redressal) Act 2013 applies to all regular, adhoc employees, probationers, apprentices, contract laborers and even individual engaged on daily wage basis.

What is workplace ?

  • All offices of govt. or Semi Govt. Local body /authority, company,co-operative society owned or controlled wholly /substantially financed by the government.
  • Any private sector organisation or NGO including Hospitals, nursing home, sports institute etc.
  • The transportation provided by the employer for communication purpose.

To whom complain to be made

An aggrieved woman may make in writing a complain of sexual harassment at workplace to the Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of the organization where she is working-if constituted,   or to the Local Committee at Collectorate of the District headed by a Nodal Officer of SDM rank , within three months of the alleged incident. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces(Prevention, Prohibitiopn and Redressal) Act 2013 mandates formation of an ICC  if at least 10 persons are engaged at that workplace.

It is an Act in addition to any other similar Act and not in derogation there of.