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Former Digicel employee files sexual harassment suit against the telecoms giant
Published on May 15, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Justice Kirk Anderson of the Jamaica Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned a three-day hearing of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Digicel Group director Jean Blackstock.

Blackstock worked as the human resources director from 2000 to 2004 and has given evidence that she was sexually harassed by her immediate supervisor and CEO Seamus Lynch.

The case filed March 31, 2011, by Jacqueline Samuels-Brown QC says the former employee was wrongfully dismissed, which also resulted in the loss of her full share options with Digicel.

“I did not report the harassment because I was afraid and concerned that nobody would have believed me. Also based on how ex-colleagues were treated, clearly I would not have been supported,” Blackstock stated.

Defence attorney Alexander Williams is proposing that what Blackstock experienced was merely normal work pressures.

Blackstock, who did not wish to go into the details of the case as it is still pending, has stated that she believes she made the right decision to ask the court to rule on her case and has taken note of the fact that the government of Jamaica is to introduce a sexual harassment bill which will make it easier for women to bring such cases.

The matter is scheduled to return to court on October 8, 2014.
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