Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is an act of parliament of India that seeks to provide protection to women from sexual harassment at their place of work.

The Act came into force from 9 December 2013 to supersede "Vishakha Guidelines" for prevention of sexual harassment introduced by the Supreme Court of India.

The act talks about the different ways in which someone can be sexually harassed and how they can complain against this kind of behaviour. The act only covers women who are sexually harassed in workplaces.

The act protects any women from sexual harassment in any workplace(government or private) and it is not necessary for the woman to be working at the workplace in which she is harassed.

The Act gives the victim a choice between dealing with the offender within the office or approaching a court.



Compliance of the act by Indian employers
The International Labour Organization has reported that very few Indian employers are compliant to the act. and hence the Ministry of Corporate Affairs amended the Companies (Accounts) Rules.

Companies (Accounts) Rule amendment makes it mandatory for all companies to provide a statement that the Company has constituted an Internal Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Internal Complaints Committee is a panel meant to inquire into sexual harassment complaints filed by women employees.


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