Cyber Sexual Harassment Faced By Employees Working From Home
Glory V. Gregory, School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the transition from work in office spaces to working remotely. India has embraced virtual workspaces, with numerous HR leaders stating that work happy with this arrangement in the short run, conflicts between the employer and employee will arise in the long haul as there are no laws in India governing WFH.
Some countries have specific laws that support work from home (WFH) but India is far from legally endorsing this ‘New Normal’. For example, in the Philippines, employers are required to develop a telecommuting program that incorporates work hours, alternative workplaces, cost of equipment, occupational safety and health, applicable benefits and observance of data privacy. The employer is also required to ensure that telecommuting employees are given the same treatment as their peers working at the employer’s premises.
As similar to the Philippines we should also have some laws to protect the interest of employees. Among this we should protect the workers from sexual harassment. technology has a great influence in the world. Our world has been drastically changes into digital world. Because of the influence there are merits and de merits. While analysing the de merits or threats of the digital world is cyber harassment. The statistics rate of the Cyber harassment has increased during this COVID 19. In this pandemic time period many of the employees are becoming subject to the cyber sexual harassment, no particular legislation to deal with cyber sexual harassment in the workplace.
Through this article going to discuss how women are subject to digital sexual harassment while working from home and how they can be protected under the available legislations in our country.