Top Ministry of Tourism Official facing allegations of sexual harassment


ANTIGUA.NEWS: An internal investigation has been launched into the affairs of a top official within the Ministry of Tourism, who has been accused of sexually harassing female coworkers.

This is the second in a series of inquiries that is being conducted into allegations against the same individual.

Several female staff filed complaints against the superior, claiming sexual harassment on a number of occasions.

The first investigation was held a few years ago when a lone female staffer wrote to her supervisor, claiming that she was being sexually harassed.

She said the man would touch her inappropriately and comment on the voluptuous appearance of her posterior.

An investigation was launched and found that the woman’s claim was credible.
No disciplinary action was taken against the official then.

However, a few days ago, other reports were made by other women in the department.
Our newsroom contacted Tourism Minister Charles Max Fernandez for comments on the matter.

“This is an internal matter and will be dealt with as such. I have no other comments to make to the media”, he said.

The investigation could lead to disciplinary action against the said offender.

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