A supervisor of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), who is being investigated for alleged sexual harassment, has denied that he deliberately sent a number of nude photos to a female colleague’s phone.
In a visit to Kaieteur News yesterday, to clear his name, the supervisor said that the accusations against him are coming from a colleague who clearly “did not get her way” with him.
The supervisor is on paid administrative leave since December, initially for two weeks. This was later extended.
The police are investigating a case of sexual harassment against him, accusations he insisted are baseless.
It was in November when he clashed with a female colleague at GGMC, Brickdam, over the allocation of leave. There was a confrontation, which ended up with a scramble for a record book. The matter was reported by the supervisor to his superiors a few days later.
The female supervisor was asked to respond. She not only explained herself, but reportedly complained that the handling of a report of sexual harassment by management of GGMC in 2015 was not to her satisfaction. The incident saw the management of GGMC asking the police to step in.
The woman alleged that the supervisor sent photos to her phone, one of him nude in the shower.
In early December, the supervisor was asked to proceed on leave for two weeks. He received a letter one day before the leave ended asking him to remain on leave pending the completion of investigations.
The supervisor yesterday, being questioned, said that he mistakenly sent those photos to the woman. He said that the female colleague would have a habit of clashing with other workers and when she did not get her way, would run to higher authorities.
In fact, the woman waited several days before complaining of the nude photos. She showed it to several staffers at GGMC, the man claimed.
When the matter was raised with the Human Resources Department, an investigation ensued, with the two asked to apologise and the woman asked not to share the photos.
The supervisor denied he was serving in that position when the photos were “mistakenly” sent to the woman’s phone. Rather, he was only promoted in early 2017.
He denied visiting the woman at her worksites under the pretext of his supervisory duties.
“After that incident with the photos, I deleted her phone number and had little interactions, except work-related with her.”
The man said he has a family now, who are extremely pained by the allegations.
“I believe that I am currently trapped in an area where only my God can take me out. I am innocent of these accusations. The case of the photos was investigated by GGMC and we were told to apologise to each other.”
According to the supervisor, he has colleagues who would vouch for his character and work ethic.
The case would come at a time when there has been growing awareness of the incidence of domestic violence, suicide and workplace abuses.
There has been a growing intolerance of sexual harassment sweeping the globe, especially in North America.
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