Labour relations expert Danny Roberts and Justice Minister Delroy Chuck
A parliamentarian has stated he does not want to see a local manifestation of the 'Me Too' movement in which women in the US are reporting sexual harassment incidents which occurred years ago.
The issue arose as the parliamentary committee examining the proposed sexual harassment bill discussed a 12-month cap on the period for reporting these incidents.
Labour relations expert Danny Roberts made a recommendation for the period to be extended to 24 months.
"The level of trauma is sometimes beyond recognition and so people sometimes need time in order to adjust and all I'm trying to do is to make a separation between that which is the normative workplace dispute, which has less of a significant psychological impact than a sexual harassment case that it would warrant an extended period."
Committee member Kavan Gayle also questioned the rationale for the 12 month-period instead of 24 months as happens in some jurisdictions.
However, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck explained the need for the cap, arguing: "We don't want the situation that now happens in the 'Me Too' movement in the US, where 30 years later you talk about 'I was harassed in the elevator.' No. If you don't complain within 12 months, please, cut it out."
Committee member Dr. Saphire Longmore was against setting a limit on the time for reporting.
However, it was noted that the bill was seeking to provide a civil remedy and such cases typically have a cap for filing.