Building A Culture Of Equality: Strategies To Prevent Sexual Harassment At Workplace

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Building A Culture Of Equality: Strategies To Prevent Sexual Harassment At Workplace

Anshula Shreshth[1] and Shivam Raj[2]

ABSTRACT

Sexual harassment is a worrisome and far-reaching problem that impacts employees in different industries and work settings. It inflicts great harm on victims while also exposing organizations to serious consequences such as legal liabilities, damaged reputation, and reduced employee satisfaction. To combat this issue successfully, institutions must employ forward-thinking strategies that cultivate a culture built upon respect and intolerance for harassment. In this paper, we will examine approaches aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace by fostering a respectful work environment. At the core of this effort would be the introduction of robust anti-harassment policies that outline various forms of harassment, establish reporting mechanisms, and lay out punitive measures for violators. A commitment to leadership should be in place, wherein leaders at all levels must demonstrate unwavering dedication to fostering an environment through participation in anti-harassment initiatives. In addition, there is a need for employee training on how to respond to harassment, a mechanism that guarantees the confidentiality of reports, and open communication channels that encourage individuals reporting any incidents without fear of revenge. Making diversity and inclusion core values would help create respect and understanding; also implementing penalties for harassment will show the organization’s commitment towards cultivating an environment that values each person as an individual contributing member, not just as part of the process. Imposing penalties for harassment and ensuring accountability reflect the clear message that the organization is not ready to condone harassment. Additionally, encouraging the smooth functioning of programs also supports institutional commitment to a respectful work environment. Instilling a culture of respect is not only an ethical responsibility but also a smart strategy for organizations. Eliminating sexual harassment involves a series of measures, including leadership buy-in, well-defined policies, thorough training, intervention teams, robust reporting mechanisms, diverse engagement forums, and most importantly, creating a feeling of trust. It is important to make the shift from merely meeting legal requirements to crafting an ecosystem where respect forms the bedrock of organizational culture.

KEYWORDS

Sexual Harassment, Workplace, Prevention from harassment, Employee rights, Employer’s duties.

[1] Law Student, ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad, Telangana

[2] Law Student, ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad, Telangana

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