Concern voiced about delays
SIR HENRY FRASER has given the Government kudos for bringing sexual harassment legislation to Parliament.
“We have swept things under the carpet, we have allowed corruption to be sustained, we have known things or heard things that were alleged to be taking place and there has been very little to curb that,” the Independent senator said yesterday.
He was debating the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill, 2017, in the Senate, which he said had been needed for a very long time. He recalled allegations against a store owner in Bridgetown who demanded “favours” from his employees.
However, Sir Henry was concerned that the hearing of sexual harassment matters could face long delays.
“I think the time frame should be very much shorter because delays not only [mean] . . . justice delayed is justice denied, but it creates all kinds of difficulties in the investigation. It makes both the accuser and the accused unable to recall details of what might have happened many months ago,” he said.
Sir Henry said corrective action should be taken at the school level.
“The child must begin in school to learn about respect for the opposite gender, to learn about conflict resolution, to learn about the issues related to what we call sexual harassment,” he added. ( WILLCOMM)