Any unwelcome sexually motivated behaviour directed towards any Vastu team member such as the following constitute sexual harassment:
Key Action Steps
What not to do
Whom to approach and how to lodge a complaint?
Complaints can be made verbally, through email, or in a letter to any member of the Prevention Of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Committee. Complaints can be made directly by the person facing harassment or even by/through a third party.
Given the prevalent social attitude in our country, sexual harassment is often considered the victim's own fault, making them reluctant to lodge a complaint. In such a situation we strongly encourage third party complaints in order to ensure the well-being of our colleagues.
Safeguards to those making complaints
POSH guarantees anonymity of complainants and all persons involved. All complaints will be dealt with equal seriousness irrespective of the positions held by the persons involved. In view of the complicated nature of sexual harassment, complaints will be considered even when it is difficult or impossible to provide concrete evidence. All complaints have to be addressed within 3 months.
A Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Committee has been formed, the names of which have been known to all employees. For every complain the committee will decide to form an investigating team and will appoint the members.
The POSH on receiving a complaint shall constitute an investigating team from within its members which attempts to find all facts related to a complaint. It is ensured that this committee consists of members who cannot be considered prejudicial and have little or no relationship to the accused.
The recommended action can range from a verbal warning, to requiring the accused to undergo counseling, up to dismissal/termination. Where the conduct of the accused amounts to a specific offense under the Indian Penal Code or under any other law, appropriate action in accordance with law may be initiated.
The POSH committee is required to make a report of each complaint received and action taken to the National Commission for Women within a year.