McNeil Calls For Uniform Public Policy On Sexual Harassment


Opposition MP, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is calling for a uniform public policy on sexual harassment.

Dr McNeill’s call comes after it was revealed that the Tourism Product Development Company, TPDCO, sent an employee accused of sexual harassment on leave as well as his his two accusers.

Executive Director of TPDCO, Dr. Andrew Spencer, told today’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, that numerous delays and objections raised by the accused lead to a lengthy nine month interdiction of both accusers and accused.

He says having completed the formal investigation he saw no reason to have the individuals on leave any longer and all were re- invited to work and reassigned.

He says the reassignment was to ensure that they had no reporting relationship while the matter was being handled.

Dr. Spencer says the disciplinary process encountered a number of problems and he expressed some dissatisfaction with how the Human Resource process unfolded.

Dr. Andrew Spencer, Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company.

He told the PAAC that the matter is still not resolved and is now being referred to the Attorney General’s department due to concerns by the accused’s attorney.

PAAC Chairman, Dr. Wykeham McNeill says this matter and similar issues at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, show there’re deficiencies in how state agencies treat sexual harassment allegations.

Tyrone Reid is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, Jamaica’s Journalist of the Year for 2015 and a two-time United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Caribbean Media Award recipient. Reid is undoubtedly in enviable company as his investigative works have been awarded in print, television and radio. He is also the journalist who has won the most individual awards from the coveted Jamaica Broiler’s Group Fair Play Awards. Reid is currently the News and Current Affairs Editor at Nationwide News Network and also one of the Region’s leading investigative journalists.

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