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According to law, several acts can be considered as sexual harassment. Most of these acts include a discernible sexual element. For example, Seema’s boss asks her to have sex with her, or touches her in a way that makes her feel uncomfortable. Some of these acts are listed below. 1:
- Touching or any other form of physical contact that someone does not want
- Asking for or demanding sex or any other sexual acts
- Saying things that are sexual in nature
- Showing someone pornography in any form that they do not want to see—for example, videos, magazines, or books.
- Any other actions that are sexual. They can be things that are said, things that are written, or touching.
Additionally, certain circumstances connected with any act or behaviour of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment of a woman. These include 2:
(i) implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in her employment;
(ii) implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in her employment ; or
(iii) implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or
(iv) interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work
environment for her; or
(v) humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.
This government handbook can help you understand what actions are seen as sexual harassment.0
- Section 2(n), Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
- Section 3(2), Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.