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Misunderstandings with a supervisor at the workplace do not constitute Sexual Harassment

Mary Rajasekaran versus the University of Madras & Ors

The Hon’ble Madras High Court in the case of Mary Rajasekaran versus the University of Madras & Ors. has again clarified that misunderstandings, personal feuds and not getting along with a superior do not constitute sexual harassment at the workplace. The Hon’ble court set aside a Tamil Nadu Women Commission order directing Loyola College Society to pay Rupees 64.3 Lakhs to an employee who had filed a case of sexual harassment against a former principal.

 

The Hon’ble Court notably quoted-

Without showing any instances leading to sexual harassment merely based on a misunderstanding in the workplace cannot be classified as sexual harassment.”

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