On April 23, 2013, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“Act”) came into force. The objective of the Act is to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints in such regard. The aforesaid legislation is in furtherance to and in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directive, issued in the case of Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan, AIR 1997 SC 3011 (“Vishaka Guidelines”), for the government to legislate a law to curb the problem of ‘Sexual Harassment’ at workplace.
With the advent of the Act, understanding what it means for businesses assumes paramount significance. In view thereof, we have answered below some of the basic questions on this subject, to assist our clients and acquaintances in understanding and preparing for this change: