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Former Tax Commissioner's employment dispute to be heard in Constitutional Court

Published:Monday | May 5, 2014 | 9:18 AM

The employment dispute between former Tax Commissioner, Viralee Latibeaudiere, and the Government has been set for a hearing in the Constitutional Court on May 29 and 30.

Attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman, contends that the Government breached Latibeaudiere’s Constitutional rights when it terminated her contract.

He says Latibeaudiere's employment was protected under the Constitution as she was appointed by the Governor General.

However, it was the Public Service Commission that terminated Latibeaudiere's employment last August.

Wildman says no allegations of misconduct were made against Latibeaudiere and no reason given for her termination.

He also said she was not given a hearing which Wildman argues is a breach of the process of natural justice and the Constitution.

Last week, one aspect of the legal dispute between the parties ended in favour of the Government after the Court of Appeal threw out the claim brought by the former Tax Commissioner to bar the appointment of a replacement.

The Appeals Court ruled that Latibeaudiere missed the deadline to file her fixed date claim form within 14 days after she was granted the injunction barring the Government from filling the post of Tax Commissioner.

Latibeaudiere has indicated that she plans to take the matter to the Privy Council.


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