Take them down!

Banks posters could prove offensive under new Act

The days of having posters of scantily-clad women plastered on the walls of local rum shops could be a numbered with the recent passage in Parliament of the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017.

While the Bill does not specifically outlaw the hanging of posters, such as the popular Banks Calendar Girl, in local watering holes, Labour Management Advisor at the Barbados Employers’ Federation (BEC) Melony James explained today that once the law was fully enacted, all it would take is for one employee to raise objection for the images to have to be removed.

“I tell people that they have to be careful of the paraphernalia that you have in your organization. In a rum shop we may say that the Banks Calendar Girl is something that is okay in that setting because we have come to accept that in our culture. However, in the said rum shop, if an employee does not like the poster that is there because it seems offensive, that has now crossed the line and now has become an act of sexual harassment, so therefore situations like that have to be also cautioned,” said James during a presentation today entitled Sexual Harassment-a modern workplace dilemma at the BEC’s Dalkeith Road office.

Melony James

Referencing a section of the legislation which won parliamentary approval last month, James explained that the measures which become law in six months time, prohibit the transmission of offensive material of any kind.

She also warned that the onus was on the owner of the establishment to ensure that the environment was harassment free; therefore it did not matter if the posters were up before the offended party commenced employment.

“It does not matter if they were up before. Remember the Act says that that the employers must create an environment that is free of sexual harassment,” she stressed.

Attorney-at-law Cicely Chase supported James’ interpretation of the new law while cautioning employees that transmission of offensive material was not limited to print, but also included suggestive jokes shared on Whatsapp and other forms of social media that could be used as evidence of sexual harassment.

“This Act speaks to this kind of conduct so someone could perceive that type of conduct to be harassment because I may perceive that the person is trying to send me a message through social media to harass me and the proof will be right there when you take the complaint to the employer,” she said.

Cicely Chase

In piloting the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill, 2017 in the Upper House last month, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said Barbadians “have to have the right to work without fear of molestation, harassment [or] fear of any kind in the workplace”.

Stating that she knows of older women, men and young people who complain of sexual harassment in the workplace, Byer-Suckoo said, “we have to be able to say to them by virtue of this legislation, it stops now”.

She explained that under the Act, the “use of sexually suggestive words, comments, jokes, gestures or actions that annoy, alarm or abuse a person” may be considered sexual harassment, so too “the initiation of uninvited physical contact with a person; the initiation of unwelcome sexual advances or the requests of sexual favours from a person; asking a person intrusive questions that are of a sexual nature that pertain to that person’s private life; transmitting sexually offensive writing or material of any kind; making sexually offensive telephone calls to a person; or any other sexually suggestive conduct of an offensive nature”.

Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

Byer-Suckoo explained the legislation was gender neutral and therefore “does not presuppose that the perpetrator is a man and the victim is a woman, but allows for those occasions where either could be the victim and either could be the perpetrator”.

She however hastened to add that the proposed law was not an opening for regulations making homosexuality legal.

“There is concern when we say gender neutral, when I speak to harassment of the vulnerable groups such as women, homosexual men, and lesbians . . . that I would hear in the public domain this is opening up the door to legalizing homosexuality.

“That is not the aim of this legislation. That is not what this legislation is doing,” she emphasized.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

61 Responses to Take them down!

  1. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson November 28, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Working in my bar and got a problem with my posters. Yah gine up colloden road!

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor November 29, 2017 at 4:09 am

      Now u see how ppl don’t think through legislation? They does just up and run with whatever cross their minds…

      Reply
  2. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy November 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    If there pics of Omar Watson posing looking to sexy there have to be taken down to

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    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Yeh man that chupid law gine apply to both men and women and newspapers gine caan carry pictures of body builders,netball and volley ball pictures of women showing off their belly buttons and botsies as some people might find that offensive too

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  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small November 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    wunna wanted progress and development, all ah this cum wid um. the more laws yah mek de less free yah is, even thogh yah was never free anyway.

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  4. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    We shouldn’t need to wait for this legislation; it ought to be unacceptable to decent people for Banks or any other party to parade the naked bodies of women in public places as a money-making strategy. It shows blatant disrespect for women, including their mothers, sisters and aunts, whom they would never have in those poses.

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    • Mac November 29, 2017 at 9:10 am

      So in essence, bodybuilding as a sport should be done away with as well. Including the Banks Beer Girl Competition, The Pageants which usually carry a swimwear section….

      Come on people, you want to go back to the days where its risqué to show your ankles?!

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  5. O. Walrond November 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Why are these DLP Ministers so obsessed with homosexuality? This is legislation to protect either gender from harassment; why would you have to stressed that it does not open the way to making homosexuality legal? Is there any part of the bill that would suggest that?

    But does this Minister even know that it is not illegal to be homosexual? How can you legalise what is not illegal?
    Gosh! the small mindedness of Barbadians drives me crazy.

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  6. Ras Small
    Ras Small November 29, 2017 at 12:13 am

    so no more posters of RiRi, band launches, jams nor crop over promotions. Hmmmmm!?

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    • Mac November 29, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Exactly!!!!!. No Kadooment, one of Bim’s biggest bread and butters. Let the costumes be variations of the Mother Sally’s

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  7. Meakai November 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I wonder if lifeguard and beach wardens could complain about the scantily clad young things cavorting on the beach?
    Unsafe work environment for sure.

    What about the police and soldiers, should they henceforth lodge a complaint about the pain and suffering they have to endure every Kadooment day? So many scantily clad women on display. Bumpers threatening police and soldiers birds all day long.
    Now that is harassment in an unsafe work environment.

    This place getting to sticky. Culpepper here I come!

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  8. Delbert Griffith
    Delbert Griffith November 29, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Omar I cant stupes as long as you …but i wish i could

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  9. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell November 29, 2017 at 1:15 am

    What a purile state we are becoming

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor November 29, 2017 at 4:11 am

      D females down bush hill better start protesting….

      Reply
  10. Corey Clarke
    Corey Clarke November 29, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Well young ladies look for another job cause d min ya mout open tell dum find a job fa wana then

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  11. Saga Boy November 29, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I dont know anything about the law but the law is surely an ass. Meakai you make some good points. What about workers in a strip tease joint? What about customers who bring pictures of naked women into rum shops or restaurants? I wonder what women who argue that women can wear whatever they wish to without the threat of being raped? Will a judge now consider that the way a woman dressed contributed to the rape?

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  12. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn November 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I hope no one has anything to say when I’m found walking on Browne’s beach….in my tback speedo

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  13. Damian November 29, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I am offended by crop over costumes.

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  14. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 29, 2017 at 4:38 am

    The DLp is at it again trying to kiss rass . posters hmmm how does that help wi put food on the table wid nuh jobs .

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    • Marcia Applewhaite
      Marcia Applewhaite November 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Your facts are wrong, the DLP does not support same sex.Do your home work.Check the other parties, investigate before speading lies

      Reply
  15. Shaun Maynard
    Shaun Maynard November 29, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Stupse bare nonsense leave d posters

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  16. jrsmith November 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Getting no where fast.

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  17. Anderson Gilkes
    Anderson Gilkes November 29, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Women don’t wear anything respectable these days especially wanna daughters!

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  18. Jennifer November 29, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Ban kadooment and the wearing of them enticing clothing women worn by next.

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  19. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy November 29, 2017 at 5:52 am

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    …… Phewwww…. Outta breath now…. Hahhhh

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  20. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Ok ,so as a graphic artist can I claim discomfort and subliminal messages through art work to be done and printed ? Can Kadooment designers and garment factory workers complain and be compensated?
    Surely this has gone way ,way left. The lines are so fine and many far reaching do we really want to go there? So many things to be dealt with and this is all we can find to do ? Well I can see many unemployed persons , long lines up Warrens getting cards stamped and plenty unfair dismissal cases. Do we seriously think out these things and their ramifications or we only wish to look as we are doing good.

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  21. Cecil Mayers
    Cecil Mayers November 29, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Half the women bout the place walk about and dress half naked to be seen and get attention. They like that. Any how

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  22. Ricardo Waldron
    Ricardo Waldron November 29, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Stop beers from killing so much ppl not the girls on the poster all these ppl that want it stop obese and can look sexy so they vex

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  23. Ricardo Waldron
    Ricardo Waldron November 29, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Ain’t no decent ppl and you getting old and cold go long to heaven

    Reply
  24. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson November 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Who needs posters anyway. The women in barbados parade their scantily clad bodies at events all across Babados for all and sundry to see. So I don’t see the fuss about posters advertising a product.
    It’s a known fact that sex sells. Do like me, sit back and admire creation.

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  25. Santini More
    Santini More November 29, 2017 at 6:53 am

    How are men to recognise what powerfully potent, rutting beasts they are if they are not allowed to gaze upon posters of women in super sexy poses? The next thing you hear this Govt will be banning the importation of viagra!!!!

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  26. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts November 29, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Stupas ,and in other news ……….

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  27. SanDee Blades
    SanDee Blades November 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

    We are such hypocrites sometimes

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  28. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Ok take down the posters but ya all gine ban women from going out in public half naked especially in fetes/shows and at Crop Over.

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  29. Jadon Trotman
    Jadon Trotman November 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    This starting to sound like the middle east by 2018 they would have all women wear complete Muslim garments

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  30. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee November 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

    The comments more exciting that the article

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  31. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones November 29, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Stupse… for the love of God! I ain’t tekking down my Idris Elba posters so you could kiss my…

    Reply
  32. Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones November 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Now see the reason why they want the posters down look.

    Reply
  33. Rasheed Hope
    Rasheed Hope November 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    She mad because she looks like a beached wale

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  34. Tone Watts
    Tone Watts November 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    i predict that the future, I just looked into my crystal ball. it said. kadooment day, women will be jumping in jehad clothing with the black vail, and men will be force to look at other men in shorts, because you will be charged for looking at women. My ball also says if you are at work, you are single and you try to chat up a young lady with interest to marry her, my ball says you will be charged with sexural harrasment, you cant approach the women anymore, especially if you are in Management. you will have to look for a homesexualy relationship. Sorry guys, its coming. My Crystal Ball also says that if a women comes to work in a low line dress and her lover boobs exposed to the top, a gentleman who is offended can also call this sexural harresment in the work place.

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    • Mac November 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

      They want you say good morning, afternoon, evening. Work speak etc.

      You can’t admire a woman and tell she she look nice today.

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  35. harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT from a PICTURE ???….then the REAL women walking bout in scantily clad attire could be in danger too…crop over dun wid den… and the men walking bout showing off da stinking underwear got to look fa holes too.
    Furthermore some people would tell you that should also apply to POSTERS and PRINTS of women PROPERLY DRESS but showing their legs as a lot of men and women too are turned on by LEGS and WOMEN IN HIGH HEEL SHOES….a good Lawyer would capitalize on them too.

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  36. Sylvie November 29, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This is so ridiculous!They want to change our culture!!Stop the tourists who come here n wear next to nothing in public!!Banks should sue her for defaming their competition posters.Why send a representative from Barbados to Miss Universe pageant to appear in a scanty outfit? Such double standards and so hypocritical!

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  37. milli watt November 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Employment Rights Tribunal got 300 complaints to be heard but you can’t get anything done there and these three CLUNTS trying to sound impressive with a new toy. waiting on the first case. ssstttuuuuppppsssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  38. 3rdsun November 29, 2017 at 9:56 am

    IMO this is just a perverted interpretation of the law. Maybe she is the one that finds the posters offensive cuz she jealous.

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  39. caraw November 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    We have all jumped on the bandwagon of Hollywood, as they systematically continue to try to emasculate men and keep men and women away from each other.

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  40. Helicopter(8P) November 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Follow pattern! Red Light ! Green light! 1!2! Follow those rich white women of U.S.A who are now feeling the glee of owning major stocks and shares in the global market they do not have to worry about the next set of school clothes, shoes or medical check up of their children. You running around looking for a hundred dollar bill and they just push plastic out of a Louis Vitton wallet. Chinese women are looking and laughing as the western world turns cold and Venice and Mars are at civil war on earth.

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  41. Ossie Moore November 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Seeing wanna as is!! Goat mout dus mek fire fuh e bottom! Well one ting dat can’t get tear down is misery in de wok place ! Hear me!! I tink a lot o’ wonna ummans gine be self employed cause plenty dem mekking good money out dey in agriculture!!

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  42. Helicopter(8P) November 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Brother, Sister world people do you know that the jobs are gone to robots that’s why so many sex toys are being sold to women and men every night on Television. Population control is being introduced globally that’s why the interest in harrassment and sexual affairs are escalating and examples are being metted out. That’s the best way to control masses. It’s a covert and passive way of doing things. Just listen my friends. Forty years ago! Thirty years ago! Fifteen years ago! and on and on. Man I should have been a judge. Please send the captain to war so that I may lay with the fair lady.

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  43. Belfast November 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Have you seen the life-size posters of an attractive girl in shorts at the Graeme Hall Roundabout on the ABC Highway? Very distracting. These roundabouts at Independence time should not be adorned with such posters that are not only attractive, but riveting.

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