Co-workers should be included in Bill 2
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 06:00 am
Although we applaud the provincial government for introducing a bill to allow victims of sexual and domestic assault to have unlimited time to submit a civil claim, we disagree with the defeat of a proposed amendment that would include offences perpetrated by a peer in the workplace.
The amendment to Bill 2: An Act to Remove Barriers for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence, was proposed by the Alberta Liberal Party and defeated in the legislature March 15.
The reasons provided for the defeat of the amendment don’t seem valid. Alberta Liberal Party leader David Swann said he was told the reasoning was because the inclusion didn’t seem necessary and might raise technical complications in the legal process.
Swann said, “Is this going to be a barrier to people making a claim because they don’t think it’s properly covered in the legislation? My thought was, we should make it easier rather than more ambiguous for the person who has been harrassed.”
We couldn’t agree more. Especially if the abuser is or was a person the victim works or worked with, perhaps even a superior who made them feel trapped.