The #MeToo movement has created a seismic cultural shift in society's awareness of the widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault in business, media, entertainment and government. As this new landscape develops, all employers must adapt to the lessons learned that relate to effective harassment prevention policies, credible workplace investigations, and updated training programmes.
Looking particularly at India, legislation protecting women from sexual harassment in the workplace - introduced five years ago - has helped increase awareness of this sensitive topic, and prompted a renewed focus on HR policies and practices. As a result, gender sensitisation remains a focus area for stakeholders.
Beginning with a short introduction by the director of the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit on her team's recent research on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession, legal experts from India, the United Kingdom and the United States will examine the movement in general and the development of Indian law over this period, as well as sharing their experience of dealing with sexual harassment complaints.
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Vikram Shroff Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai; Treasurer, IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
Antony Alex Chief Executive Officer, Rainmaker, Mumbai
Hina Belitz Excello Law, London
Keisha-Ann G Gray Proskauer Rose, New York
Archana Gupta Deputy General Counsel, and Deputy Ethics and Compliance officer (India and Middle East), Capgemini India, Mumbai
Sandhya Vishal Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader, Nielsen, Mumbai