Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019

Warning against false sexual harassment claims

Warning against false sexual harassment claims
16 Mar

Barbadians could face stiff penalties if they bring frivolous claims of sexual harassment against their co-workers.

This point is being reinforced by a senior officer from the Labour Department.

The Labour Department will not take lightly, people who make claims of sexual harassment just to get their colleagues in trouble.

Acting senior labour officer, Linda Bowen says individual workplaces will have to address claims of sexual harassment.

But the Department will not hesitate to ensure that justice is served and that the provisions of the Act are interpreted correctly.

She says just three months after the Employment Sexual Harassment Prevention Act was proclaimed; Barbadians have already started coming forward with claims.

The Act, proclaimed on December fifteenth last year, defines sexual harassment as the use of sexually suggestive words, comments, jokes, gestures or actions that annoy, alarm or abuse a person.

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