Not only is it a legal obligation, but it’s also smart business.
After all, a hostile work environment is not a good recipe for maximum productivity.
It adheres to the principles of Islam and all other religions in our country which assure women’s dignity.
Provisions made in the Protection against harassment of women at the workplace Act requires all public and private organizations to adopt an internal Code of Conduct and a complain and appeals mechanism aimed at establishing a safe working environment for working women.
In this endeavor an Act of Parliament to make provisions for the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace has been promulgated in March 2010.
This Act builds on the principles of equal opportunity for men and women and their right to earn a livelihood without fear of discrimination as stipulated in the Constitution.
On failure of an employer to comply with this provision the employer shall be liable to fine which may extend to one hundred thousand rupees but shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees.
I look forward to receiving the support and cooperation of all stakeholders towards achieving the objectives of this Act.
The management shall display copies of Code of Conduct at the conspicuous place in the organization and the workplace.
Across the hall, a manager tells her young intern that she can provide great opportunities for those who "cooperate" and makes a sexually suggestive gesture.
A man sitting in the corner cubicle, meanwhile, has been offending several of his coworkers for months by looking at pornography on his computer. They're all examples of sexual harassment, a federal workplace discrimination claim that takes several different forms.
Other states have no specific law prohibiting or punishing sexual harassment, and thus rely on federal law.
Applying the Definition While it is easy to define sexual harassment, it is very difficult to apply that definition to a set of particular facts. Supreme Court has held that employers may defend themselves in hostile work environment cases brought against them for actions of a supervisor or managerial-level employee by arguing that they took reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment and made efforts to correct harassing behavior.