PROVISION FOR 90 DAYS PAID LEAVE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINANTS FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
By Vaibhav Luthra July 26, 2016
July 2016: The government by an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said that the women employees who have filed the complaints of sexual harassment can now get a paid leave of three months during the pendency of inquiry and it would be in addition to the leaves allowed to govt. employees.
The reason behind this is to protect the complainants from being abused or threatened during the process of the enquiry. It would also prevent the complainant to undergo a lot of pain and trauma while working in the office during the presence of the accused.
This has been included in the provision of the “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013”.The DoPT also incorporated this provision under the “Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972”.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: It is defined under S.354 A of the Indian Penal Code, as any act committed by a man of physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures or demand or request for sexual favors or showing pornography against the will of the woman or making sexually colored remarks.
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