Too close for comfort
If you are accused of sexual harassment, do not take an aggressive stance. Instead, find out what the company policy says
In a quiet corner of the Shangri-La coffee shop in Mumbai, a senior director of a professional services firm shared an issue that was bothering him. A former female colleague had just sued his employer for wrongful dismissal and had filed a complaint with the police. While the complaint was filed against the owner of the company, the FIR, or first information report, had a paragraph mentioning my guest, citing alleged incidents of harassment and inappropriate behaviour. The charges were not specific, and no incidents had been detailed—till then.