CII Indian Women Network conducted a Workshop which aimed and helped participants to learn and apply the important elements of carefully and correctly handling sexual harassment issues and complaints. This interactive workshop covered a detailed overview of what sexual harassment is, explain legal definitions, discusses sexual harassment prevention, and show how to handle sexual harassment complaints. Ms Kalpana Unadkat, Solicitor and Senior Partner at Khaitan & Co. conducted the workshop.
As an employer, it is not only one's legal obligation but also responsibility to provide a safe and secure working environment free from instances of sexual harassment. While there were laws dealing with sexual harassment, including as a crime, there was no specific legislation governing occurrence of such events at the workplace. Moreover, several sectors were still not governed by the Vishaka guidelines in the absence of a proper binding legislation. To overcome this lacuna, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (the ‘Act’) was enacted.