G4S to pay over Ksh10 million for firing employees unlawfully – court rules

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On Tue, 4 May, 2021 12:57 | < 1 min read
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Three former G4S employees have been awarded over 10 million as dues and compensation for unlawful termination.

Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa has ruled against the company and ordered that it pays former employees Sarah Adhiambo, Caroline Wangari and Martin Mwangi over unlawful termination.

The three employees, through lawyer Cynthia Kwamboka Onyancha had taken the company to court in 2017 contesting that they were never notified of their termination.

“We are seeking a declaration that the act of G4s of terminating my clients’ employment on grounds of redundancy was unprocedural, illegal and unlawful,” Onyancha said in court.

She wanted the court to grant them 12 months compensation for unlawful termination among other payments. 

“G4s has failed to show that they adhered to the provisions of section 40 of Employment Act, which mandates employer to give notice to the employees on the intended redundancy, “Wasilwa ruled.

The judge added that there is no evidence that there were consultations between the former employees and the company before the said redundancy. She ruled that the minutes of the meetings that are alleged to have had taken place were not produced in court by G4s and therefore the court was unable to deduce whether there was any discussion.

Adhiambo has been awarded Ksh4.2million, Wangari Ksh3.1 million and Mwangi Ksh 3.3 million. The amount is inclusive of 10 months’ compensations for damages, unfair redundancy, unlawful termination, failure to give notice and cost of the petition among other payments.

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