Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces

  • B. Nikitha, Sreeya B


The impact of sexual harassment of women at workplaces (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act 2013 seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their workplaces .The main objective of the paper is to know about the increasing rate of sexual harassment in society, impact of sexual harassment, awareness of polices against sexual harassment. Descriptive research method was followed by the researcher to carry out this research. Convenient sampling method was followed to collect 150 samples. The samples were collected from the respondents, in and around Chennai.  The independent variables used were age and gender of the respondent. The dependent variables included in the study were the opinion on increase of sexual harassment, awareness of policy against sexual harassment and emotional and mental effect due to sexual harassment. The researcher has found that mean towards opinion on increase in sexual harassment is above 5 for all category of respondents. This could be due to allegations related to sexual harassment telecasted in media. These allegations would have created this sort of opinion towards sexual harassment at workplaces. The male respondents in the age category of 40 – 50 years may be working population due to which, they all had only less variation in their opinion. From the analysis of the study, it is found that there is an increasing rate of sexual harassment at workplaces which leads to emotional and mental affects for any women. The researcher concluded that even though various movements for sexual harassment playing its role, the existence of sexual harassment have not been reduced. The study can be extended to various parts of India and the prevalence of sexual harassment can be studied.