The female employees of the Central government who file complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace can now avail leave up to 90 days during the pendency of the inquiry.

According to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the leaves granted to the aggrieved women employee “shall not be debited against the leave account”.

“Special leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved woman government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013,” the DoPT said.

The leaves will be in addition to those already given to the employees of Central govt.

According to guidelines issued by DoPT, the leaves will be given only on the recommendation of the internal committee or the local committee looking into the matter.

The move comes after a number of sexual harassment cases were reported by the women at workplaces.