Court Awards Woman N7.5m For Workplace Victimisation

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NICN
National Industrial Court

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Port Harcourt Division, has awarded N 7.5 million as general damages against Notore Chemical Industries Ltd. for subjecting its ex-member of staff, Mrs. Sharon Philip, to workplace victimisation and wrongful employment termination.

Justice Nelson Ogbuanya held that the sum comprised N5million damages, N500,000 litigation cost, N1.8m terminal benefit and N220,865.75k unremitted pension entitlement, and are payable within two months from the date of judgment.

The judge described the claimant’s disengagement as wrongful, reckless and inhumane.

The court noted that the claimant was exposed to workplace victimisation by a superior staff that she testified against following a whistle-blowing and anti-corruption hearing that led to the suspension of the superior staff.

“Querying the claimant and subjecting her to a disciplinary hearing on a false allegation of fraud, which turned out that the claimant was innocent, yet her employment was terminated for ‘services no longer required’, without paying her terminal benefits and salary in lieu of notice, amounts to unfair labour practice…

“Also, having shown evidence, in ex.D1, that the claimant’s terminal pension has been remitted in the sum of N 220,865.75, the claimant is entitled to access the said pension in line with the extant Pension Reform Act.

(Nation)

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