An email from Praveen Talwar
Some good news I’ve been meaning to share with you for a couple of days:
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2010 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on the 26th (Feb) with some modifications (this was passed by the Lok Sabha in September).
The ambit of the jurisdiction is much wider now, and includes workers in unorganized sectors, contractual employees, as well as employer-employee harassment outside the workplace. On the whole, a tight, well-written law which allows room for defendants to contest claims, and requires conciliation parties to respond in a time bound manner.
Domestic workers, who were included under the original act continue to be covered.
Should be a boon to many female workers.
This is more or less the same bill with superficial changes.