Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment or gender-based harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct, generally of a sexual nature, becomes a condition of an employee’s continued employment, affects other employment decisions regarding the employee, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Ripple Group is committed to ensuring that the work environment at all its locations is conducive to fair, safe and harmonious relations between Team Members. Discrimination and harassment of any type/form is strictly prohibited. We place high importance in creating a discrimination free workplace and any violation of any form is not tolerated .We have also ensured that no employee is at disadvantage by the way of gender discrimination. Sexual harassment could include, but is not limited to: • Requests for sexual favors; • Unwanted physical contact, including touching, pinching, or brushing the body; • Verbal harassment, such as sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, and threats; • Nonverbal conduct, such as display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, leering, whistling, or obscene gestures; and • Acts of aggression, intimidation, hostility, threats, or unequal treatment based on sex or gender (even if not sexual in nature). • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, display of sexual visuals, sexual audios, pornographic or obscene material and any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature • Transmitting any message, by mail, telephone, e-mail etc. which is obscene, lewd, suggestive or blatantly sexual in nature • Any explicit or implicit communication wherein a sexual favor or demand, whether by words or actions, is made a condition for an individual’s employment, career progress, promotion etc. thereby creating a hostile environment • Sexually charged jokes or remarks and behavior which have sexually oriented innuendoes • Consistent pattern of unnecessary physical contact, staring or targeting unreasonable attention at an individual in day to day dealings Page 7 of 10 • Any pervasive pattern of behavior, which makes employees uncomfortable, insecure or feel humiliated or disadvantaged on the basis of gender differentiation.
The above are indicative but not an exhaustive list of possible forms of sexual harassment. Women are not the only ones who experience sexual harassment. Not only do men experience sexual harassment, but sexual harassment can also be between persons of the same sex. Ripple Group has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment cases. Team Members are required to report any issue regarding sexual harassment to the Team Leader or the Human Resources Department. The Team Member can choose to be anonymous. A committee will deal the issue will be guided by principle of natural justice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for the procedure to register your grievances or to know more about the policy