Former Observer staff sues company over D193, 975 claim

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Maurice J. Gomez, a former employee of the closed Observer Company, publisher of Daily Observer Newspaper has filed a civil law suit against the company before Magistrate Nche Blessed Abergrie of the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal, claiming a total of 193, 975 dalasis including recovery of seven years and seven months salary reduction and recovery of unpaid social security contributions.

 Mr. Gomez is claiming the recovery of the sum of D126, 000 as seven years and seven-months salary deduction, recovery of the sum of D8, 775 as 13 months unpaid social security contributions and recovery of D2, 200 as 11 days of work for the month of May 2016 prior to his firing. He is also claiming for the recovery of the sum of D27, 000 as six-months salary for unfair dismissal, D30, 000 as editor responsible for all the columns for 3 months.

 He is also claiming for cost, 25% interest and any other order(s) the court may deem fit. The case proceeded yesterday with the testimony of first defendant witness, Yunus S. Saliu, Observer’s Human Resource and Marketing manager.

 The plaintiff Mr. Gomez was represented by lawyer Ebrima Gaba Cham while the defendant Daily Observer was represented by Gibril Bah.

 Mr. Saliu in his testimony confirmed that Mr. Gomez was a former employee of the Daily Observer Newspaper. He said he came to know about Mr. Gomez’s issue when the company’s then managing director, Pa Modou Mbowe called him (Saliu) and other managers to a meeting in his office.

 He said at the meeting, Mr. Gomez came with a man whom he (Gomez) introduced as a member of the labour union. He said when Mr. Gomez presented his claim to the former managing director of the company; he (managing director) asked him what he had done to arrest the situation before his dismissal in 2016 but Mr. Gomez said he made series of calls and writing to the directors.

 Mr. Saliu said his former boss told Mr. Gomez that there was nothing he could do about the matter since he was not the one who employed or dismissed him.

 The case was adjourned to August 7.