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Jamaica – Jamaica Urban Transit Company sex scandal; Female employees livid, looking to court

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BY ARTHUR HALL

Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) – THE State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) could be dragged before the courts by female employees who are livid after a case against a supervisor they claim is a “serial sexual harasser” was dismissed on Tuesday because of a reported “procedural error”.

“None of us were notified as to the findings and we were all there on Tuesday when the hearing was scheduled at the company’s Ashenheim Road depot. The company is going to be facing lawsuits, that a what I can tell you,” said one female employee who claimed that she was among the many victims of sexual harassment.

“I am going to be seeking legal representation as we were unfairly treated, we were disrespected…and we have to take action,” said the woman with disappointment evident in her voice.

She said under the rules of the JUTC, once a charge has been laid against one of its employees, a hearing must be held within 21 days or the matter would be dismissed.

“They came to a decision that because 21 days had passed for the matter to be brought up it would be thrown out. But we are aware that the investigators had applied for an extension on October 6, 2021 due to the number of women that they would have to interview and take statements from,” added the woman.

“We had a hearing with him on Tuesday and we were not allowed to be in the room with our union delegates. We were sent out of the room but he and his representatives were allowed to stay in that room,” another female employee of the bus company claimed.

She was one of several JUTC employees who first reported the allegations to the Jamaica Observer in October 2021.

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