The Government of India, through the Department of Personnel & Training of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (“DoPT”), by way of the corrigendum F. No. 11013/2/2014-Estt.A-Ill, dated 30th July, 2015 (“Corrigendum”) stated that it had prepared and circulated a step guide for conduct of the inquiry into complaints of sexual harassment vide Office Memorandum dated 16th July, 2015.
It stated that the definition of `workplace’ in the step guide prepared by DoPT is based on section 2 (o) of the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. It clarified that ‘a dwelling place or a house’ had been inadvertently omitted in the step guide.
Therefore, DoPT, in this Corrigendum clarified that ‘workplace’ in the step guide may also read ‘(v) a dwelling place or a house’ along with the four other headings.
Please click here to view a copy of the Corrigendum dated 30th July, 2015.
Please click here to view a copy of the Step Guide dated 16th July, 2015.
– Adv. Shivangi Prasad – Corporate Lawyer, External Member & Trainer, Head – Legal & Compliance, Partner POSH at Work