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Sagicor Bank ordered to pay former employee for unjustified dismissal

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited has been ordered by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) to compensate former employee, Corey McDonald, because his dismissal was unjustified.

However, the IDT turned down McDonald’s request to be reinstated.

The tribunal said he should instead be paid 18 months’ salary and allowances at the rate at which he was being paid at the time of his dismissal.

McDonald was dismissed in 2013 for alleged breach of the bank’s Code of Conduct and disrespectful and inappropriate behaviour.

The former supervisor denied the allegations and a hearing was held into the matter.

A decision was taken to dismiss him and the matter was subsequently referred to the IDT.

The tribunal found that there was bias on the part of the bank in how the hearing was conducted.

The IDT pointed out that McDonald had made allegations of corruption against two employees and one of them proffered the breaches against him while the other sat on the panel which took the decision to dismiss him.

McDonald was represented by attorneys-at-law Douglas Leys and Kimone Tennant, while Sagicor was represented by attorneys Gavin Goffe and Jermaine Case.