Businesses in the city of Gurgaon employing 10 or more people must file their annual reports on compliance with the sexual harassment law within 30 day

Businesses in the city of Gurgaon employing 10 or more people must file their annual reports on compliance with the sexual harassment law within 30 days or face penalties, the local complaints committee has warned.

Gurgaon is a part of the National Capital Region of Delhi and is a thriving manufacturing and information technology hub with a population of about 900,000. Women form a sizeable portion of the employees in the city’s outsourcing offices, malls and other service businesses.

In a notice issued on March 16, the local complaints committee formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013 asked employers to file reports of their compliance with the law and to post information on their websites.

The act obligates all organizations employing 10 or more employees to set up internal complaint committees to address complaints of sexual harassment, to conduct education and sensitization programs and to develop policies against sexual harassment. Section 21 of the act stipulates that the committee must submit an annual report to the designated district officer.