How to identify sexual harassment at the workplace

Majority of the women in India do not report sexual harassment that occurs at workplace due to fear of revenge, embarrassment and lack of awareness.

Here is a checklist of behavior that forms sexual workplace harassment.

Making sexually suggestive remarks.

Serious or repeated offensive remarks, such as teasing related to a person's body or appearance.

Offensive comments or jokes.

Improper questions, suggestions or remarks about a person's sex life.

Displaying sexist or other offensive pictures, posters, mms, sms, whatsapp, or e-mails.

Bullying, threats, blackmail around sexual favours.

Unwanted social invitations, with sexual overtones commonly understood as flirting.

Physical contact such as touching or pinching.

Caressing, kissing or fondling someone against her will.

Attack of personal space such as getting too close for no reason, brushing against or cornering someone.

Constantly asking someone out, despite being turned down.

Stalking an individual.

Abuse of authority or power to threaten a person's job or damage her performance against sexual favours.

Falsely accusing and discouraging a person behind closed doors for sexual favours.

Controlling a person's reputation by spreading rumours about her private life.

If you are facing such a behavior, then the first thing to do is to firmly tell your harasser to stop.

If the behavior still continues, the next thing to do is to report to the HR. Make sure you have this communication with the HR on email or paper for proof.

If the HR refuses to act upon it, then approach your local police station to get justice. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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