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Woman files N15m suit against ex-employer over alleged victimisation

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For alleged victimization and unlawful termination of appointment, former staff of Integrated Health Care Limited, Mrs. Ann Okorie, has sued the company before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja.
  
The claimant in the suit marked NICN/ABJ//672020 is demanding compensation to the tune of N15 million as damages from the defendant for unceremoniously and summarily terminating her appointment in December 2019.
  
The claimant also alleged numerous instances where the defendant acted in violation of the contract of employment between them. This, she stated, include denying her of statutorily guaranteed holidays, discrimination and flagrant abuse of contractual agreement.
 

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She listed alleged cases of violation of contracts to also include unwarranted subtractions from her monthly salary and other forms of victimizations including making the work environment uncomfortable for her in total contravention of the Human Resources Policy of the defendant and contrary to organizational best practices.
  
She also alleged cases of assignment of higher responsibilities than the original contract without commensurate remuneration.
  
She averred that she was subjected to overtime due to additional responsibilities; yet, the company persisted in constant deduction from her salaries.
   
The claimant, who said she served the company for about two years, is asking the court for a declaration that the contract of employment between her and the defendant still subsists and as such, she is entitled to all the incidents of her employment with the company.
  
The claimant further accused the defendant of operating an obnoxious, hellish and intolerable staff policies and work conditions which lead to very high staff turnover.
  
“Notwithstanding the injustices meted to me, I functioned as Acting Head of Administrative Department (an additional responsibility to my engagement as Legal/Human Resource Office), for a cumulative period of over seven months,” she claimed.
  
However, when she requested to be remunerated for the increased work schedules, her request was turned down, contrary to the defendant’s policy, which entitled her to an acting allowance.
 
She held that not only was she not paid additional remuneration during this period, the defendant at its discretion and pleasure, continued to unlawfully make deductions from her salaries on the unfounded allegation that her performance was poor.
  
No date has been fixed for hearing on the matter.

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