The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is a great piece of legislation with great intention but like all other laws, this law also suffers from several practical challenges. Several of these grey areas were discussed during the Workshop.
Some other questions that were discussed from different industry’s point of view were what happens when a complaint is oral but redressal is sought? What happens when the employer threatens you to give recommendations in favour of the harasser in spite of clear evidence against him? Can a complaint by an employee of a relationship (any physical display of affection) between two other employees be treated as a complaint of sexual harassment? Does the law apply to the management of a temple? What does legal assistance entail? etc.
All in all it was a wonderful workshop. We want to thank the participants for making it such a successful event.