Rs 50,000 fine for violation of sexual harassment law: Maneka Gandhi

Employers will be liable to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 for failing to implement the provisions of the law dealing with sexual harassment of women at workplace.

By: Press Trust of India | Updated: March 19, 2015 8:23 pm
Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. (Source: Express photo)

Employers will be liable to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 for failing to implement the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act., Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

“In case of subsequent violations, the amount of fine will be double, together with penalty in the form of cancellation of his licence, withdrawal or non-renewal of the registration required for carrying out his activity,” Gandhi said in a
written reply.

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The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act casts a responsibility on every employer to create an environment which is free from sexual harassment. “Employers are required to organize workshops and awareness programmes at regular intervals for sensitizing the employees about the provision of this legislation and display notices regarding the constitution of Internal Committee, penal consequences of sexual harassment etc,” Gandhi said in her reply.

Gandhi on Tuesday had stated in Rajya Sabha that most government departments, 90 per cent of the private sector and above all, even Parliament do not have the mandatory Sexual Harassment Committees in place, this, despite over a quarter of India’s workforce being women.

The Supreme Court guidelines clearly state that all workplaces should constitute a Complaint committee to deal with complaints of sexual harassment. Taking forward the Supreme Court guidelines, the law was enacted which came into force with effect from Dec 9, 2013.

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  1. M
    Mar 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm
    I want to make a question here,does this mean ,Men can be Hared? In India ,especially In all most all Private Firms , all ethics related Rules and Regulation are violated on a frequent basics (as if no law exists there) If a case of Ethical violation is proven ,irrespective of Male or Female Victim.The Company should take strong actions ,such sacking and following up with Legal actions.Else Company should be made liable to pay Huge amount of Rupees may be 50 Lakhs(in strong cases,50000 may be for small cases) or some thing like that. Coming to the point of Manager. What the do you people think ,when a term "Manger" is used in a company. Do you think, you are the owner of that Employee ?...*** *** Do You think Indian Employees are slaves or animals??? First of all teach your Bloody Managers to respect Employees(as a human being at the least). Very Very strong laws has to come .I highly, highly Appreciate BJP government for bringing in strong laws on ethical side. Congratulation Mr.Modi and team..for Showing Guts.There was no Men, there in any of previous governments in India???
    1. B
      Mar 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm
      While this law is commendable and would act as an effective deterrent to harment, there are two things that need to be taken care of. First we need a clear definition of what "harment" means. How do we ensure that unscrupulous females do not misuse the word and cause damage to their colleages, managers and the organisation? Second, at this rate, employers will be discouraged from having women employees. If some rogue element decides to act funny with a lady colleague, the organisation will hve to cough up Rs50,000!!! This provision may be a greater deterrent for women's employment.