POSH – Prevention of Sexual harassment of women at Workplace,People get confused with the title of the law. The first thought is that this law is for women hence, all the aspects of the ACT must be known to a woman. It is for the women to understand the pros & cons of these provisions. They must know every-thing about it i.e. What, When, Where, Whom, How…..
Their male counterparts need not to know the details of this law. They don’t require any education regarding sexual harassment of women at work-place, as it is a law for women. Same is the experience when we approach the organisations for awareness training sessions of the subject law. Everywhere & every time, the first reaction is “the training is for female employees and we’ll nominate only female employees for this training.”
But, actually the situation is just opposite. This sexual harassment of woman by WHOM??? By Male colleagues, vendors etc. So, it is more important for male employees to know and understand the law relating to sexual harassment of women at workplace. They must understand:
What action/behaviour will constitute sexual harassment?
What is the borderline, which should not be crossed by them?
What will be the consequences, if they are involve in any offence/ misconduct of sexual harassment to woman?
What if they are dragged into such issue, without their fault?
Therefore, The said training on Prevention of Sexual harassment of women at Workplace is more important for male work force then for females. In the present scenario maximum number of females at-least know that there is some law against the sexual harassment and they approaches HR for solution, HR can refer them to Internal Complaints Committee. But the male members at office don’t have any idea about the law, its consequences etc which may put them in trouble.
Thus, Pl re-look at the thought and allow your male colleagues also to undergo the training/ awareness program on POSH.