Anti-Discrimination Policy

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:

  • two employees 
  • two managerial staff
  • one external expert who has extensive experience in inclusion and diversity

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:

  1. Provide inputs to the management on creating an inclusive, tolerant, liberal, equal and healthy workplace. This includes efforts to improve both physical (infrastructure) and digital communication accessibility, adapt to changing paradigms and sensitivity to the challenges and realities of different minorities. This includes, among others, ensuring the realization of rights under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 2016.
  2. Organizing regular training for senior executives, managers, recruiters, supporting staff to ensure that no one is discriminated against based on their identity.
  3. Sensitization and training of the Committee members.
  4. Monitoring the work environment to ensure that a healthy and tolerant work-environment is maintained. 
  5. Creating awareness about criminally prohibited and/or unacceptable workplace behaviors or actions.
  6. Redressal of complaints of discriminatory action/ breach of equal opportunity policy with dignity, privacy, and fairness.

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:

  1. Organization of awareness and sensitization drives at a yearly basis and upon the happening of an instance of discrimination.
  2. Collect periodic feedback from various stakeholders on disability barriers, discriminatory or exclusionary practices. 
  3. Formulation of periodical plan-of-actions to get closer to the values mentioned in policy.
  4. Allocate budget to implement the plan. 
  5. Monitor the progress of the plan to ensure that the required targets are met. 
  6. Report annually on the various equal opportunity activities undertaken to ensure that committee remains accountable and transparent to the employees and workers of the company. 
  7. Keeping records of people from diverse backgrounds/identities and fixing targets of appointing people in a manner which achieves the goal of diversity. 
  8. Ensuring confidentiality of identities and sensitive personal information, including sexual and gender identity, of all.
  9. Ensuring that infrastructural facilities are not discriminatory. 
  10. Recommending adoption of measures which ensure safety and security of individuals from vulnerable communities. 
  11. Making appointments according to the set targets and ensure that there is representation of marginalized groups and communities in upper management. 

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:

  1. Taking cognizance of complaints and maintaining a record of the same; 
  2. Taking cognizance of suggestions to improve anti-discriminatory practices, inclusivity and accessibility
  3. Hearing a complaint of discrimination and establishing whether there has been a discrimination.
  4. Reporting the findings of the Committee to the head of Human Resources along with recommending the nature and quantum of sanctions against the perpetrator within 30 days of the complaint. 
  5. Ensuring that the said directive by the head of Human Resources is complied within 15 days of the directive. 
  6. Ensuring that no malafide action is taken against any complainant or witness for the reason of approaching or filling a complaint to the Committee; and
  7. Reporting to the police every act which is likely to constitute a criminal offence as under the law of the land. It shall also forward all the relevant information to the police. 

ANNEXURE I

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee: 

 

 

Name

Phone Number

Email Address

1.

   

2.

   

3.

   

4.

   

5.

(External Member)

  



Appendix

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:

  1. Gossiping about a co-worker’s personal life details;
  2. Bulling or harassing a co-worker;
  3. Making offensive gestures or saying offensive words to co-worker;
  4. Repeatedly sending unwanted and harassing emails to a coworker, and so on.

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.

Uninhibited Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable trust registered in Bengaluru, India. Reg. No. MLS-4-00014-2016-18.
Gramin Vikas Samiti is a registered society with the Registrar, Firm & Societies Chandigarh, India. Reg. No. HR-018-2012-00121.
Uninhibited Australia Ltd is a registered company under the Corporations Act 2001 in Victoria, Australia. Australian Company Number (ACN) 647 986 365.

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