Action group calls for better harassment policies, workplace equality

Published on January 28, 2016
Brenda Seymour (right) speaks with supporters after a meeting between the Town of Spaniard's Bay and representatives of the Department of Municipal Affairs earlier today.
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

Better sexual harassment policies. Changes in workplaces. Equality. These are the things members of feminist organization Smash Patriarchy: An Action Team (SPAAT) will be demanding from government as they hold a rally at St. John’s City Hall Saturday at 2 p.m.

The rally is in support of Brenda Seymour, the Spaniard’s Bay firefighter who was on the receiving end of incidents of sexual harassment from some of her male colleagues.

“The sexual harassment that took place in Spaniard’s Bay Fire Department is not an isolated event,” SPAAT said in a media statement. “It is not unique to Spaniard’s Bay, and it is not unique to our fire departments. Sexual harassment remains endemic in our society, our workplaces, our universities and our schools.

“SPAAT is urging policy makers and government to revamp policies around sexual harassment.”

SPAAT is inviting members of the public to join the rally.