May 18, 2016 3:07:56 am
A city court has summoned the CEO and representatives of SriLankan Airlines to stand trial as accused for violating provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act 2013.
A woman employee, an Indian citizen, of the SriLankan Airlines had filed a complaint against the local manager of the airlines in 2009, for alleged sexual harassment. The airlines, instead of following the Vishakha guidelines framed by the Supreme court of India, transferred the woman employee to Kochi from Delhi, while no action was taken against the accused. The woman then approached the Delhi High Court and the National Commission for Women, alleging that the airlines was “deliberately delaying” taking any action on her complaint.
In 2014, a bench of the Delhi High Court had taken note of the criminal complaint filed by the woman through advocate Ajay Verma, and had sent the matter to the Chief Justice to take up as a PIL to ensure that all international airlines in the country followed the Vishakha norms.
Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma issued summons to SriLankan Airlines and its CEO after the airlines admitted that it did not have any internal complaints authority. The complaint alleged that the airlines had asked her to “consider the complaint as a closed matter”. The airlines has to appear before the Metropolitan court on July 13.
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