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Sexual Harassment at workplace

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Sexual Harassment at workplace

  1. 1. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE
  2. 2. What is Sexual Harassment? Have you ever been a victim? Have you ever witnessed any ? Were you able to voice out any such situation? Do you feel safe at your workplace? Does you organization have sexual harassment policy in place?
  3. 3. <ul><li>SEXUAL HARASSMENT is a behavior. It is defined as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Range of behavior from mild transgressions to actual sexual abuse and assaults. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Referring to an adult as “HUNK’ or “BABE” </li></ul><ul><li>Whistling at someone and making sexual comments </li></ul><ul><li>Telling sexual jokes or stories </li></ul><ul><li>Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history </li></ul><ul><li>Making kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips </li></ul><ul><li>Repeatedly asking out a person who is not interested </li></ul><ul><li>Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life </li></ul>Hot Babe
  5. 5. <ul><li>Looking at a person up and down or Staring </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking a person's path or following a person </li></ul><ul><li>Giving personal gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Displaying sexually suggestive visuals </li></ul><ul><li>Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements </li></ul><ul><li>Making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Giving a massage around the neck or shoulders </li></ul><ul><li>Touching the person's clothing, hair, or body </li></ul><ul><li>Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking </li></ul><ul><li>Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person </li></ul><ul><li>Standing close or brushing up against another person </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A Cornell Law Review article entitled &quot;Exacerbating the Exasperated: Title VII Liability of Employers for Sexual Harassment&quot; reported that between 40% to 90% of women in the United States workforce have been the victims of some form of sexual harassment on the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Ninth Circuit Judge Kozinski – “Every woman – who has spent time in the workforce in the last two decades can tell at least one story about being the object of sexual harassment” </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of incidents – Occur between a supervisor and his subordinate . </li></ul><ul><li>Study of Fortune 500 companies – 2/3 rd of sexual harassment complaints were brought against a woman’s immediate supervisor or another person with greater power </li></ul>
  8. 8. Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and parts of kerala – 250 sample
  9. 9. <ul><li>Hostile environment sexual harassment. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It occurs when physical, verbal, or visual sexual harassment is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or abusive work environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments about your body, sexual remarks, pornographic pictures displayed at the workplace, and touching and grabbing may all create a hostile work environment. </li></ul></ul>
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  11. 11. <ul><li>Quid pro quo sexual harassment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Latin term meaning &quot;this for that,&quot; occurs when your boss offers you benefits, or threatens to change your working conditions, based on your response to his demands for sexual favors. </li></ul></ul>
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  13. 13. <ul><li>1992 – Bhanwari Devi </li></ul><ul><li>Saathin - Social worker of Rajasthan government </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to stop child marriage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ramkaran Gujjar's a year old daughter marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Five upper-caste men gang raped Bhanwari </li></ul><ul><li>Village boycott Bhanwari's family, Unable to get justice </li></ul><ul><li>Vishaka filled case against state of Rajasthan in supreme court </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>In 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Working women are vulnerable to sexual harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of preventive measure </li></ul><ul><li>Identified sexual harassment as separate identity </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines to prevent sexual harassment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Duty of employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complaint Mechanism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Duty of employer </li></ul><ul><li>Preventive steps </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Proceeding </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary Action </li></ul><ul><li>Complaint Mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Worker’s Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Third Party Harassment </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>After 12 year what is situation? </li></ul><ul><li>NCW study - 60% of working woman still not aware </li></ul><ul><li>Shiney Ahuja rape case </li></ul><ul><li>Air India – airhostess Komal Singh case </li></ul><ul><li>Nokia Siemens employee MJ Sonia suicide case </li></ul><ul><li>Other hand </li></ul><ul><li>Infosys ASHI - Anti Sexual Harassment Initiative </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>As an employee : If your behavior offends an employee, stop that behavior. Ask yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Could your behavior offend or hurt people at your workplace? </li></ul><ul><li>Could your behavior be interpreted by another as sexual harassment? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like your behavior to be discussed by others? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like your friend, partner, child or sibling to be treated in the same manner? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Do not disbelieve the victim </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and support the victim </li></ul><ul><li>Be professional at all times and set positive example </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid making assumptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Think before making personal comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Be supportive of people who wish to talk about being sexually harassed and </li></ul><ul><li>Direct them to the appropriate persons / authorities. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Speak out </li></ul><ul><li>Keep records, Tell Someone, Create a witness to the behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Set your own boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of situations and people who may harm you </li></ul><ul><li>Trust your own instincts about possible danger </li></ul><ul><li>Get a medical check-up </li></ul><ul><li>Report sexual harassment to the appropriate person in the organization </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Sexual Harassment Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness and training </li></ul><ul><li>Enforcement of the policy </li></ul><ul><li>Complaints committees </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Sexual Harassment is now becoming an acceptable behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Victims do not voice out due to fear, shame and rejections </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for Human beings is deteriorating </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting against “WRONG” is Right </li></ul>
  22. 22. Thank You

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