Labour Minister urges employers to build paper trail

Employers are being encouraged to put in writing, complaints about workers who do not perform in order to counter accusations of unfair dismissal, particularly from employees who have made sexual harassment claims against their bosses.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said since the Senate approved the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill this week, some employers have expressed concern that it would become virtually impossible to fire a worker who had previously lodged a sexual harassment complaint.

“Someone asked me what happens if you want to fire someone who had gone to the Employment Rights Tribunal complaining of sexual harassment. The person was concerned that it means that you could never fire this employee because they could always say it was because they claimed sexual harassment. I say that one thing that has to change in the culture of our workplace is the habit of proper documentation,” Byer-Suckoo said in an address at the 19th annual conference of the Human Resource Management Association at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel.

The legislation, which was approved by the Upper House on Wednesday, makes provision for the protection of employees in the public and private sectors from sexual harassment at the workplace, provides a framework for the reporting of sexual harassment cases by employees, and establishes a procedure for the hearing and determination of matters related to sexual harassment.

However, Byer-Suckoo said the law was never intended to shelter alleged victims who did not perform.

“We all know that there are those employees that never accept responsibility and will never get a job done until you pass it to somebody else. Then they [employee] claim that they should have gotten a promotion because they were in the company longer even though they know that they have not been doing the work. Even our unions will then argue on behalf of that worker and because you did not document it, the unions give the authorities cause to challenge your decision,” Byer-Suckoo warned.

“So, as we implement legislation and attempt to institute fairness, I want to encourage you to ensure that you document today. I know in Barbados we don’t want to write up persons because we were related to them or know someone that is related to them, but we cannot continue to do business like that, we must document. It makes life easier and we must document,” Byer-Suckoo stressed.

11 Responses to Labour Minister urges employers to build paper trail

  1. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis October 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Why don,t the Government take it,s own advice cause I would to know where have all the taxpayers money disappear to.In other words which of DEM bank accounts has it appear on

    • John Everatt October 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      I agree with Mr. Elllis. This happens all the time in government corporations like BWA, NCC etc. as well as through out the civil service. One sees it all around you every day. But it continues because a lot of these employees are relatives and friends or friends of politicians. So it is one thing to hand out advice Ms. Suckoo but you are a minister and are in a position to do something about it.

  2. Milli Watt October 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    this minister was not involved in an unfair dismissal suit not so long ago………..hmmmmmmmmmmm I wonder who this political class feel they making sport at stupse. as for the lousy employers my advice fire them wait five years you might get lucky and they die before the case call. problem solved

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    What is going to happen to a worker if he or she Doesn’t performed. I think that you missed the train . I wonder who make some of these people politicians. Their is something call a union. If you don’t remember I will remind you. The workers protected by the unions.

  4. hcalndre October 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Dr. Suckoo; the work places in Barbados have to bring in qualified persons to speak on sexual harassment. A person have to report the matter to management before going to the Tribunal unless its management that is accused of the harassment.

  5. archy perch October 22, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Where was Gline Clarke; Mia Mottley and Kerrie Simmonds during this debate???? Especially the first two. They were at the convenient store. LOL

  6. Mia Colucci October 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Heads up! This advice is for employees too. Save those offensive emails, all memos and letters and write down EVERYTHING. Employers are not sweet and if you are not in their good books, they will be out to get you. Protect yourselves.

  7. jrsmith October 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    This lady must give this advice to her party, still 900 millions missing , ask the Audit General………………………………

  8. archy perch October 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    jrsmith. You are so stupid. You sit overseas and make some accusations totally off the wall. Arm yorself with facts first before shooting the bull. It is the merchants that owe the government 900 million in Vat money. Yardduck.

  9. milli watt October 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    why wunnuh don’t leave de minister and harassment hope I pronounce it right. got my pop corn and sweet drink going enjoy this sport

  10. milli watt October 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    a welcome distraction before elections


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