Prevention of Sexual Harassment Investigations (POSH) in India

The Indian law on prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace (POSH Act) is quite process driven when it comes to investigating complaints. Ground realities of corporate India as well as the Indian socio-cultural milieu poses multiple challenges in conducting investigations which have to comply with some stringent requirements of the law. This webinar will address some of the issues faced by corporates and will provide insights, based on experience and judicial precedents, on how to overcome challenges to enable companies to conduct investigations which meet the spirit of the law.

Ebru Tiberi, Director, Deutche Bank
​Ebru is currently a Director in Deutsche Bank Anti-Financial Crime Department with more than 20 years of experience in investigations, anti- financial crime advisory and audit with a strong background in risks & controls. Having worked in major multinationals and consultancy firms in Europe, Middle East and Asia, Ebru has a wide experience of setting up functions and overseeing multi-disciplinary teams with diverse backgrounds.

Expert Panel​ Members:

Sunila Awasthi, Senior Partner, AZB​ 
Having qualified as a lawyer from Delhi University in 1992, Sunila has been in general corporate law practice for more than 25 years with a master’s in law from Australia’s University of Queensland. Starting initially with joint ventures, technical collaborations and M&A, over the past decade her focus has primarily been on general advisory with emphasis on employment laws, compliances and investigations related to POSH as well as code of ethics and standards of business conduct. She has also been involved in pro bono initiatives in the area of POCSO and POSH laws for NGOs and schools.

Sonal Mattoo, Lawyer and Founder, Helping Hands
​Sonal Mattoo is a lawyer with 25 years PQE. She works extensively in the area of prevention of sexual harassment. She supports companies pan India as an independent Ombudsperson and committee member to investigate matters. Sonal runs a self funded NGO Helping Hands to drive legal awareness and counseling. Sits on the boards of a few companies as an independent board member. 

Sukhjit Singh Pasricha, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank 
Sukhjit Singh Pasricha joined the Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2019 as Group Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). His responsibilities include overseeing all HR functions to secure long term growth for the company by leading training, talent acquisition and career development activities across Kotak Mahindra Group companies. In a career spanning 25 years, Sukhjit has been in leadership position across sectors and in complex businesses that operate in both the B2B and B2C spaces. He has been instrumental in building business-aligned HR strategies, driving HR transformational projects and strengthening organisational capabilities through formulation & implementation of HR processes and ensuring proactive HR interventions.