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Harsher Penalties Introduced for Harassment and Victimisation at Work

June 2018 - Employment. Legal Developments by Mamo TCV Advocates.

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Amendments to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act introduced by Act XIII of 2018.

The Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Act of 2018, which repealed the Domestic Violence Act, introduced changes to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (Chapter 452 of the Laws of Malta). By means of the amendments, harsher penalties were introduced in the case of harassment and victimisation in the employment context.

The fine (multa) in case a person is found guilty of the offence of harassment or victimisation was increased from a maximum of €2,329.37 to a fine of not less than €5,000 and not more than €10,000 and the imprisonment term (to which the person found guilty could be liable to in addition to the fine) has been increased from a term not exceeding six months to a term of imprisonment ranging from a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years.