What is PoSH?

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is an act in India to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and provide a procedure for the redressal of the complaints of sexual harassment.

Why is PoSH implemented?

Sexual harassment results in violation of the fundamental rights of a woman. This Act came into force notifying the protection available to women employees against sexual harassment and aspires to ensure women’s right to workplace equality, right to live with dignity and the right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business which includes a right to a safe environment free from sexual harassment through compliance with Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal.

Is PoSH compliance mandatory for every organization?

The act mandates every organisation (individual, partnership or company) employing over 10 employees, has to comply with the guidelines of the PoSH Act. These guidelines include:

– Formation, orientation & training of IC
– Employee awareness
– Annual reporting to the district authorities

Any non-compliance of the act can lead to a fine of INR 50,000. On repeated non-compliance, the employer can be penalized with twice the fine and can also lead to cancellation of license, withdrawal or non-renewal of registration for carrying on business.