PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE
~ Aparajitha’s ‘60 Minutes Compliance’ Webinar addresses Physical & Virtual
Workplace Concerns ~
Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited, the country’s no.1 company for
Compliance, today organised a ’60 Minutes Compliance’ webinar to discuss the
Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. The webinar aimed at
discussing and providing clarity for women on how they should protect
themselves against sexual abuses and exploitation at workplaces in adherence
to The Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention,
Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nagaraj Krishnan, Managing Director,
Aparajitha Corporate Service Private Limited said, “There are important
dimensions of workplace conduct and safety which women need to be aware.
At the same time employers must remain conscious of the potential of
blurring the lines of a professional relationship between employees.
We do have many rights and regulations that are proactive in safeguarding
a woman’s right to dignity and respect at the workplace. Today’s webinar
is more of an advisory to provide awareness to working women
professionals on how they can safeguard themselves from such
harassment and tackle such issues on and off workplaces.”
Presently, sexual harassment has even broadened its boundaries into
the current ‘work from home’ scenario on account of the COVID-19
lockdown. Even in the context of video calls, which have become the
‘new normal’ these days, proper training and sensitisation are
important on topics like dressing appropriately and keeping the
conversation limited to work. With telecommunication today accounting
for a large proportion of work, HR leaders will have to grapple with
increasingly complex scenarios under the POSH Act. These are not limited
to the duration of the lockdown. Employers should be cognisant of this
extension of the workplace and must take all steps to ensure that the
parallel virtual workplace remains as safe and free of intended or
unintended harassment as the brick and mortar one.
The webinar highlighted workplaces should maintain a prevention,
prohibition and redressal mechanism to harassments as this
contributes to the realization of the right to equality of gender.
Numerous scenarios of harassment towards women in this current
work from home in the form of inappropriate texts, option to
audio-only mode in meetings were also discussed in an attempt to
educate people on how this harassment has found a way to still be
active in this pandemic crisis period work situation.
The webinar, which saw participation by 832 individuals comprising
of HR professionals, mid & senior level personnel and women
employees from Corporates across various industry sectors,
was moderated and addressed by Mr. K. Varadan, Chief
Consultation Officer, Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited.