Setting up a committee – The Sexual Harassment Act
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Every employer is required to constitute an ‘Internal Complaints Committee’ which must be constituted for all administrative offices which are separately located. An aggrieved woman can make a complaint to the aforesaid committee or to the ‘Local Complaints Committee’ (as constituted by the appropriate Government), in case the former has not been constituted.
The Sexual Harassment Act casts various duties and responsibilities on the employer, such as providing a safe working environment, displaying the penal consequences of sexual harassment, organizing awareness workshops and providing necessary facilities to the Internal Complaints Committee.
Any employer who, amongst other things, fails to constitute the ‘Internal Complaints Committee’ as required under the provisions of the Sexual Harassment Act, is punishable with a fine extending up to Rs. 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand only).
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