Friday, 15 May 2020

PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT

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.

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