Q19. Explain the concept of “sexual harassment” in relation to workplace.
Meaning: Sexual harassment is a situation in which an employee is coerced into giving into another employee sexual demands by the threat of losing some significant job benefit, such as promotion, raise or even the job.
Effect: This kind of degrading coercion exerted on employees who are vulnerable and defenseless inflicts great psychological harm on the employees, violates the employee’s most basic right to freedom and dignity and is an unjust misuse of the unequal power that an employer can exercise over the employee.
Remedy: Sexual harassment is prohibited, and an employer is held responsible for all the sexual harassment engaged in by employees.