Equal Opportunity Workplace Policy
Vision of Equality
As we work to empower women against systemic discrimination in the society, we ensure that the same commitment to equality and non-discrimination is also applied at our work spaces. At Sukhibhava, we actively work to create a discrimination-free environment and provide equal opportunities to all regardless of sex, caste, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or health conditions.
To this end, the Equal Opportunity and Workplace Policy (“Policy”) seeks to protect the interests of all employees and persons associated with Sukhibhava.
While we acknowledge our commitments under The Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of India, The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 2016, the Mental Health Care Act, 2017 and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, we understand that a heathy and productive workspace requires more than just a crime-free and harassment-free environment. For this, we strive to create an atmosphere where each member is provided with safety and freedom from prejudiced behavior.
WE ARE A NO VIOLENCE ORGANIZATION AND ANY ACT OF VIOLENCE IS RESPONDED WITH PERMANENT DISMISSAL FROM THE ORGANIZATION.
If the organization finds that an action is likely to constitute a crime prohibited by law of the state, it shall approach the police and forward all the relevant information to them. Any employee who becomes aware of a criminal act having taken place at the workplace is encouraged to approach the police or any member of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee, who shall in turn inform the police.
Scope of the Policy
The Policy applies to, among others, all permanent or temporary employees, interns, and staff members. This policy applies in the matter of recruitment, employment benefits, promotion and other related aspects of employment, including work environment and functioning of the office.
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee (“Committee”) works to increase equality awareness and establish a free, fair and inclusive environment. The Committee consists of the following members and members shall hold office for a period of two years:
The members and constitution of the Committee is detailed at Annexure 1 to this Policy.
Knowing the value that diverse identities bring to an organization, we go a step beyond our legal obligations and ensure adequate representation from those who belong to marginalized and underprivileged sections of the society. The Committee is tasked with the following mandate:
The work of the Committee is done through set yearly agendas aimed at creating a work culture of equality. Among others, it is tasked with the following functions:
Complaints Received or Issues Reported to the Committee
The Committee is tasked with receiving complaints, identifying discriminatory actions, deciding their veracity and addressing them. Among others, the committee is responsible for:
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee:
There often are actions or behaviors which can impact the workspace and create a hostile work environment, even though they may be thought of as casual or normal. Such actions, if persistent, severe, or hostile may affect an employee’s mental health as well as ability to work. For instance, carrying out the following actions with the intent to harass, defame or distress a coworker owing to any of the protected identity would amount to unacceptable workplace behavior:
While these actions may not attract criminal sanctions, they create an unwelcome environment at the workspace. We, at Sukhibhava, strongly hold against such actions.
We understand that these instances are of different gravities among themselves and as compared to criminally prohibited actions. The Committee ensures that these actions are judged individually and according to principles of dignity, privacy, and fairness.
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