President of the Industrial Court, Deborah Thomas-Felix yesterday said there should be amendments to the Domestic Violence Act to protect people in the world of work from criminal acts detailed in the law.
Thomas Felix said the term “gender-based violence and harassment” is defined as violence and harassment directed at people because of their sex or gender, or affecting people of a particular sex or gender disproportionately, and includes sexual harassment.
Thomas-Felix identified International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 190 (the Violence and Harassment Convention 2019) and Violence and Harassment Recommendation No. 206, speak to the elimination of violence and harassment in the work place.
She said “it’s important that we as a country recognized that for the first time, violence and harassment in the world of work are covered together in international labour standards: “in the past, there was no universal definition of sexual harassment, however, in Convention 190, the term “violence and harassment” in the world of work is defined as, a range of unacceptable behaviours and practices, or threats thereof, whether a single occurrence or repeated, that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm, and includes gender-based violence and harassment”.