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Partner in the General Corporate Practice at the Delhi Office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Richa has advised extensively on matters such as transition of employees in case of mergers and acquisitions, individual and mass redundancies, advisory on sexual harassment matters, employee investigation, social security benefits including provident fund, gratuity, superannuation, etc., contract labour arrangements, trade union issues, conciliation proceedings initiated by workmen, etc. She has also conducted workshops on some of these issues and is currently a member of a Special Taskforce on Employee Relations, at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region. She can be reached at

Sec 377 LGBT Employment in India

The Supreme Court of India has held Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) to be unconstitutional, in so far as it penalises any consensual sexual relationship between two adults, be it homosexuals, heterosexuals or lesbians (Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India and Ors. (2018) (Johar Judgment). By way of this landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has overruled its earlier decision in Suresh Kumar Koushal v. Naz Foundation (2013), whereby, the validity of Section 377 of the IPC had been upheld.
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