Barbados: Sexual Harassment Bill coming

Barbados Today:-The island’s first Sexual Harassment Bill will be going to parliament in the coming weeks, according to Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo.

Although the Minister was unable to give an exact date when the Bill will be discussed, she stressed that the legislation was sorely needed.

“The sexual harassment legislation is not about locking people because a man ‘psst’ at a woman . . . It is about ensuring that a person’s rights are protected and a person can function in dignity,” Byer Suckoo said during a mass Democratic Labour Party (DLP) canvas in St George South this morning.

Accompanied by the Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Patrick Todd, at the Franky Lambert Club in Byde Mill, Byer Suckoo spoke of how sexual harassment in the workplace was no longer a taboo topic but was now being openly discussed.

“Sexual harassment affects a lot of people. They are coming to the fore and talking about it now,” she indicated.

The minister said the legislation would be inclusive of all genders, ensuring the safety of all those at risk.

“We are comfortable that this is actually going to address the needs of the persons being harassed but also not impose any undue hardship on anybody in the workplace,” she stated.

This was reiterated by the Attorney General who said that the legislation seeks to protect the rights of the individual in the workplace.