In most modern legal contexts, Sexual Harassment is illegal Harassment which unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The legal definition of sexual harassment varies by jurisdiction.
Sexual harassment is a form of Sex Discrimination that occurs in the workplace. Persons who are the victims of sexual harassment may sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , which prohibits sex discrimination in the workplace.
The Madras High Court recently directed the Department of Higher Education and Directorate of Collegiate Education to issue a circular on implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 .
The Court was hearing a Petition filed by an Assistant Professor of Presidency College, who had alleged sexual harassment at the hands of another Assistance Professor. On receipt of the complaint, the Principal of the College had constituted a commit.
It then directed the Registry to communicate the order to the Secretary to Department of Higher Education and Directorate of Collegiate Education to issue appropriate circular with regard to the implementation of the Act to all the colleges, in order.
The law prohibits and unwelcome illegal sexual conduct and words or actions of a sexual nature. Some conduct, such as hugging, may be sexual or nonsexual and must be evaluated in context. Sexual harassment may be physical, such as kissing, hugging, pinching, patting, grabbing, blocking the victim’s path, leering or staring, or standing very close to the victim. It may also be verbal, which may be oral or written and could include requests.