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Court voids termination of appointment, order payment of entitlements


National Industrial Court

National Industrial Court (NIC), Lagos has nullified the unlawful termination of the appointment of Phoebe Awange by Elion House Limited on the grounds that she wasn’t given fair hearing.

The defendant unlawfully sacked the plaintiff, a former staff of Elion and she challenged it at the NIC.

Delivering judgment, trial judge, P.A Bassi, ruled that the defendant did not give the plaintiff fair hearing by terminating her appointment through a letter dated April 30, 2016.

The defendants had sacked the plaintiff on the allegation of poor performance in service delivery. But the court held that the plaintiff ought to have been given the opportunity to defend herself. The court further held that if any wrong-doing is cited in what purports to be a termination, the employee must be accorded fair hearing.

Consequently, the court ordered the defendant to pay the claimant her entitlements as indicated in their employment policy.

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