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Employment Relations court dismisses appeal by GPH

May 7, 2019 5:22 pm

The Employment Relations court has ordered the Grand Pacific Hotel to reinstate a former employee who was unfairly dismissed by the Hotel back in 2015 following an appeal.

Makereta Mafili had lodged the complaint with the Employment Relations Tribunal after she was verbally abused by the then General Manager of the Hotel and was also demoted to a lower position without any good reasons.

On the 6th of February 2015, while Mafili was working in the Food and Beverage department, the former General Manager commented on how she was not cleaning a glass properly.

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Mafili was later called into the General Manager’s office and when she asked the General Manager why he was angry with her, she was warned to watch her statement and also told to leave the office.

On the 13th of February 2015, Mafili called in sick and when it was relayed to the former General Manager, he said that Mafili was a good lair and that she be demoted.

She was again called into the office and this is when Mafili was verbally abused and laughed at by the former General Manager who had also terminated her contract.

The Tribunal after going through all the evidence ordered the Grand Pacific Hotel to reinstate Makereta Mafili to her former position.

GPH was also ordered to reimburse Mafili 17 months of lost wages and also an additional 4-month pay as compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to her as a worker.

GPH had appealed the matter however the Employment Relations Court dismissed their appeal and has ordered the hotel to reinstate Mafili and to comply with the orders for payment of lost wages for 17 months and compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to her feeling in the sum of four months wages with 21 days.

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