On: Day 1 (Friday) – 13th July
Introduction to the Law
Sexual Harassment: Types & Criteria and its impact on involved parties
Workplace harassment vs. sexual harassment
Sexual harassment vs. romantic relationships
IC: Composition, term of office, Role & Responsibilities and Removal
Who can complain and against whom IC can receive complaints?
Understanding the redressal mechanism and IC’s role
Principles of natural justice: what does it mean in the real world?
Powers of a civil court: how far applicable?
Process of Conciliation & Inquiry and dealing with malicious complaints
Confidentiality and penalties for its breach
Discussion on preparation of an inquiry report along with recommendations
Statutory reporting requirements & provisions related to filing an appeal
Understanding all the above concepts & various scenarios using real life examples, activities and case laws and their application to the 1st Mock Complaint that’ll be shared during workshop.
On: Day 2 (Saturday) – 14th July
Types of complaints IC can receive
Handling difficult situations faced by IC (such as maintenance of confidentiality in a situation where emails / letters have been marked to several persons in senior / middle management, Complainant seeking multiple interim measures, party or parties seeking change in composition of IC members, etc.)
Sensitive interviewing skills (such as minimizing the influence of personal biases on the way inquiry is being conducted, focusing on ‘How’ to ask questions etc.)
Drafting of inquiry report and recommendation and addressing challenges (such as how to make the report when there are multiple documents submitted as evidence and when there are several witnesses who have been interviewed, how are annexures prepared, how are details summarized in a report etc.)
Understanding provisions related to Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Voyeurism, Acid Attacks Etc. along with section 509 of the Indian Penal Code and dealing with Police and managing situations (such as when a complaint is filed with Police but complaint is not registered etc.)
Panel Discussion (details provided below)
Understanding all the above concepts & various scenarios using real life examples, activities and case laws and their application to the 2nd Mock Complaint that’ll be shared during workshop.
For understanding applicability of Service Rules and dealing with unique concerns faced by different ICs in different sectors. This shall be based on a Panel Discussion between experts from different sectors (such as hospitality, education, PSUs, Police, diversity and inclusion, inter-governmental approach) to understand the challenges and solutions from different lenses.
Things to look out for
Affiliation to be considered
Meet the Trainers
Samriti Makkar Midha (Clinical Psychologist, Corporate Trainer, External Member)
Samriti Makkar Midha is a trained & practising Psychologist (Clinical) with extensive experience of workiang with a diverse adult population on a breadth of personal and professional issues. Her work covers areas of self-development, emotional regulation, workplace issues, inter-personal relationships, emotional abuse in significant relationships, domestic violence, mental health and coping with critical situations. She has over 3000 hours of counselling experience & has conducted over 400 seminars. Samriti serves as external member of IC of several companies. She conducts organisation wide training sessions to educate employees, managers & IC about their roles and responsibilities in prevention and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace. As a trained counsellor she provides a deeper understanding of psycho-social factors of abuse and harassment for both the complainant & respondent.
Shivangi Prasad, (Advocate – High Court, Legal Consultant, External Member)
Shivangi Prasad holds a B.L.S.LL.B. Degree from the prestigious Government Law College, Mumbai. She is an advocate, specialising in corporate laws and laws related to women and child rights, including the law on sexual harassment of women at workplace. She provides her expert legal advice on these laws and several organisations are supported by her presence as an external member of their Internal Committee (IC). In 2015, she co-authored a book titled ‘Handbook on the law of Sexual Harassment,’ which was published and marketed by Thomson Reuters. The key objective was to provide a legal commentary for legal practitioners & practical handbook for company managers in human resource, administration and compliance functions, directors and IC members. The book is also available online on Amazon and Big Book Shop.
Sana Hakim (Advocate – High Court, Litigation Expert, External Member)
Sana Hakim holds an LL.B. Degree from the prestigious Government Law College, Mumbai and a Masters of Law Degree from the Mumbai University. She specialises in family and criminal laws especially laws related to crime against women such as sexual harassment, domestic violence etc. She has several years of experience in practising in the Bombay High Court, Sessions Court, Family Court and various Magistrate Courts around Mumbai and Thane. She has conducted several talks & lectures on sexual harassment, played an active role in conducting inquiry in various cases and facilitated filing of criminal complaints, F.I.R (if required) and briefing and counselling on legal consequences of filing false complaints and prevention thereof. She is also visiting faculty in a Government aided Law College since 4 years and teaches the degree as well as Diploma courses.
Below are some images from our Workshops in the past: