Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that occurs in the workplace. The legal definition of sexual harassment is "Unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment."
Protection against Harassment of Women at the workplace Act, 2010:
To protect women against such harassment at their workplace, Government of Pakistan has implemented “Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010” in all organizations. Every organization has an internal committee to work in this regard and to undertake the following measures for implementation of this act:
Code of Conduct for the Employees:
- Adaptation of code of conduct prescribed by law.
- The committee will immediately address the complaints of sexual harassment as per law, as and when received.
- Ensuring the justice is done swiftly and retaliation against the complaints is curbed.
- Informing and educating the employees to make them more aware of the provisions of the act and to encourage a professional and dignified work environment for the women in public and private sectors.
Committee at PCST:
- During the discharge of official duties in the office, all functionaries should behave in proper manner according to the official decorum.
- The language should be civilized and simple. Words and sentences having more than one meaning should be strictly avoided.
- The dress should be proper as per office norms. Casual dress should not be worn.
- Unnecessary stay and unnecessary visits to women’s workplace and near women washrooms are strictly prohibited.
- Staring is also a menace in our society and should be avoided.
- Duties after office hours and duties on holidays for women must be approved from the concerned Head of Department.
- Any other action which tantamount to harassment of female employees will be considered a serious offence and disciplinary action will be taken under the Code of Conduct against the offenders.
- All female employees are advised to lodge a complaint immediately to the Head of Human Resource who will refer the matter to inquiry Committee for investigation and submission of report along with recommendation. Head of Human Resource will be competent authority for taking all decisions in such matters.
A team comprising of the following members will function as inquiry committee:
- Iqrar Hussain Dilawari, Manager Corporate Compliance firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samra Maqbook Head of Communication & Market Services email@example.com
- Jamshed Iqbal Sial, Senior Process Operator firstname.lastname@example.org
Female employees can also contact inquiry committee members for any complaint and it will be taken up properly.