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Former secretary sues MFH Group

Oct 12, 2012, 3:32 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Haddy Njie, former secretary at the MFG Group, has dragged the company to the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal for unlawful redundancy.
In her testimony, she told the tribunal that she was working as a secretary at MFH Group and she is no more working there.
She said she started working with the company on 1 April 2010.
Ms Njie said that she applied for a job as a secretary when she was studying Information Technology and Customer Service at the QuantumNet Institute.
She added that one year after the application was sent, while she was working for Qcell, the secretary of the MFH Group called and asked her to attend an interview.
She attended the interview, and three days after she was called to go to the defendant’s office to meet the MD.
Ms Njie stated that one Edward told her that she would be working with the MD and himself.
She said Edward took her to the MD’s home for approval of her appointment, adding that the MD approved her appointment after the interview and told her that he would be able to work with her, because she could speak French and looked smart.
She testified that she was given an appointment letter at the head office, adding that she was also given an acceptance letter.
Ms Njie further testified that after receiving the appointment and acceptance letters, Edward called her in his office, along with Mariama Dibba, senior secretary, and Sainabou Njie, assistant secretary, whom she was supposed to replace.
She adduced that Edward gave her the conditions of service booklet, and asked her to read the rules and regulations, adding that she read it carefully.
Haddy Njie told the tribunal that it took Sainabou Njie two days to put her through.
The case at that juncture was adjourned till 24 October 2012.
Haddy Njie is claiming D26,526 for six months’ notice for redundancy under Section 57 of the Labour Act.
She is also claiming the sum of D26,566 for six months’ regular remuneration.
She further claimed the sum of D106, 104 as damages for unlawful redundancy.
Costs and interest at the rate of 30 per cent were also claimed by her.