Bias towards Women at Work is Sexual Harassment: Govt

  • As per the revised central service conduct rules approved by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) Government employees promising preferential treatment or threatening detrimental treatment in employment to women colleagues will be held accountable for sexual harassment.
  • Defining “sexual harassment” and “workplace” in detail in explanations appended to Rule 3C of Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, that deals with sexual harassment of women employed in the government,
  • DoPT made it clear that implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment or threat of detrimental treatment in employment, and implied or explicit threat about present or future employment status would be considered sexual harassment.
  • Similar consequences will follow if a government employee interferes with a woman colleague’s work or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment for her, or metes out humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.
  • The amended service conduct rules, notified on November 19, also give an elaborate definition of workplace, including in its purview any department, organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit established, owned, controlled or funded wholly or substantially by the central government.