New Delhi, March 21, 2017: Central government women employees who registered the complaint of sexual harassment at the workplace now get 90 days paid leave during the pendency of the inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
Recently, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) amended the service rules in this regard.
In this case, the special leave will be given on the recommendation of the internal committee or the local committee formed to look into such charges.
DoPT said that the leave granted to the aggrieved woman employee “shall not be debited against the leave account.” It also issued Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017 to allow the new provision.
The move comes as there have been complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims of sexual harassment in a few cases.
Last year in December, the DoPT had issued guidelines to deal with sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The guidelines stipulated that the inquiry of cases must be completed within 30 days and under no circumstances should it take more than 90 days from the date of the complaint.