Businessman Levy denies writing report to help Bain
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Businessman, Robert Levy, has denied a suggestion that a report he prepared for the court on dismissing key employees in an organisation was to help his friend Professor Brendan Bain get compensation from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He denied the suggestion under cross-examination from lawyer for the UWI, Christopher Kelman.
Professor Bain was fired last May by the university on the grounds that his constituents had lost confidence in his leadership of an HIV/AIDS organisation.
He is suing the UWI for, among other things, breach of contract.
Levy, who is chairman of Jamaica Broilers Group, testified in the High Court this morning that he prepared a report last December on policy and best practices for severance of key members in an organisation.
The report was prepared on December 12.
He said in preparing the report, he did not consult any textbook in human resource management.
Levy testified that when he was doing the report, he was unaware that Bain’s employment was on a post-retirement contract for two years.
The businessman said he was also unaware of the fixed termination clause which permitted either party to terminate with three-months notice.
Levy told the court that he and Bain were friends and he has known the professor for 20 years.
After that admission, Kelman, suggested that the report was done to help Professor Bain get compensation from the UWI over his termination in May last year.
However, Levy said no.
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