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Draft of Sexual Harassment bill ready

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A DRAFT bill dealing with the vexed issue of sexual harassment at the workplace will soon be in the hands of Cabinet for its perusal.

For years Jamaican lawmakers have promised to take legislation to Parliament to address this controversial issue.

Minister with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer told her colleagues in the Upper House on Friday that in a matter of weeks the bill will be taken to Cabinet for its examination and approval.

In a statement to the Senate on the eve of International Women's Day, Senator Falconer pointed out that the proposed law would be gender neutral.

The International Labour Organisation describes sexual harassment in the workplace as any verbal or physical act with a sexual nature, performed in recruitment or in the workplace by a boss, manager, employee, client or customer of a working unit, that is unwelcomed by the person receiving it and has caused the person to feel violated, insulted, and being in an unbearable hostile environment.