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Inquiries - Under Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act

Sexual harassment of women employees at workplace is a reality and truth, whether one accepts it or not. To prevent and curb this social menace, the prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace law was brought in 2013.

Sexual harassment in the workplace - it's not only illegal, it's a real threat to business. Ignoring or minimizing it can impact employees, destroy reputation, and cost in litigation. The success and business continuity depend on having the most up-to-date information and guidance to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace.

The law prescribes the complaints redressal mechanism. It mandates the constitution of Internal committee to look and enquire into the complaints of aggrieved women related to sexual harassment. The biggest confusion has been about the inquiry mechanism to be adopted by the internal committee in the organisations. In last five years courts have delivered verdicts where either the constitution of the committees have been declared invalid or the enquiries conducted by the committees and method adopted have been declared as illegal being against the principles of natural justice. The necessity of guidelines for conducting such inquiries in to complaints of sexual harassment was much felt.

The book ‘Inquiries under sexual harassment law’ written by two Vakils and published by Labour law Reporter very aptly and successfully fills this gap. The book is a complete guide for internal committee members to understand their exact role, steps to be taken for conducting inquiry with readymade sample formats which can be suitably modified according to situations for use.

The work is original and the book give answers to all possible questions one may have in his mind about the subject. The book is very much practical and useful for not only IC members but for NGOs, HR professionals, managers, Industries and Govt. officers who are directly or indirectly related with the issues of sexual harassment at workplace.