Sexual Harassment is a grave problem for working women who become the victim of their employers, colleagues and clients they deal with. However, hiding it due to embarrassment, being victimized, being a subject of gossip is not a solution. If you’ve been a part of or seen someone facing sexual harassment, fight against it.
Look Out for these signs
Sexual harassment at work is recognized by law as a serious offence and any sexually determined behaviour accounts as sexual harassment. This includes:-
1) Physical Contact
2) Showing Pornography
3) Asking for sexual favours
4) Making sexual remarks of a persons’ body
5) Telling dirty jokes
5) Making sexually coloured remarks
6) Leering or making any unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature
What action can you take?
It is compulsory for every workplace to have an ‘Internal Complaints Committee’ where women can seek help with confidentiality about any sexual harassment caused at work. If your workplace does not provide for the same you can speak to your human resources or seniors. You can also file a complaint against the person/s in the nearest police station.
Which law takes care of it?
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is a legislative act in India that seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work. It not only punishes the convict but also pays the compensation to the victim keeping in mind the victim’s lost opportunities, mental trauma, emotional distress, medical expenses for psychiatric treatment and so on.