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Bain insists UWI illegally fired him

Published:Wednesday | January 28, 2015 | 1:20 PM
Brendan Bain - File

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Professor Brendan Brendan Bain is insisting that the University of the West Indies (UWI) illegally fired him as head of the an HIV/AIDS organisation last year.




Bain’s attorney, Georgia Gibson Henlin, made the assertion this morning in final submissions in the Supreme Court where Bain’s lawsuit against the university is being heard.



She told the court that the termination was illegal as it breached the terms of the employment contract and the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.



Bain had testified earlier that the terms of the contract were not complied with.



Gibson Henlin argues that Bain was given three-weeks’ notice that he was being fired, instead of the three months provided under the contract.



She says the UWI cannot seriously contend that it had a competing right or interest in terminating the contract.



The university is contending that it was titled to dismiss Bain under the contract.



The UWI terminated Bain’s contract last May citing, among other things, that his constituents had lost confidence in him after he gave testimony in a Belizean court.



Bain provided a report to the court on behalf of churches in the case of a gay Belizean man who was seeking to challenge the country’s anti-sodomy law.



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