A FORMER employee has dragged Fresh View Cinemas to court for alleged unlawful dismissal.
Mwila Kowa, an accountant, has sued her former employers for what she described as wrongful dismissal without prior notice of her offence, suspension and eventual firing.
Ms Kowa has told the Lusaka High Court that she was employed under a written contract of employment that was terminable by either party giving 30 days notice in writing.
She explained that following her being chased from a meeting called in July 2015 by the company’s chief executive officer, she had not received any formal notice to her suspension and subsequent dismissal as stipulated in her contract.
“During the said meeting, the plaintiff as chief accountant expressed concern about the financial position of the defendant and made recommendations which the chief executive officer was not happy with because he immediately asked the plaintiff to leave the room.
“When the meeting ended, the plaintiff was verbally instructed not to report for work until further notice,” she said.
Ms Kowa said the only communication which she received from her employer was an electronic mail, sent of her private email box, of letter of summary dismissal from Fresh View Cinemas.
She has since requested the courts to order for the payment of accrued salaries and leave days during her supposed suspension in addition to wrongful termination of employment and any reliefs deemed.
She said prior to her termination of employment, Fresh View management had never charged her of any offence, which Kowa described as a breach of contract of employment by the employer.
“The plaintiff avers that she was not availed with a letter of suspension from employment and did not know the conditions of her alleged suspension.
“Suffice it to say that prior to terminating the plaintiff’s employment, the defendant did not charge the plaintiff with any offence.”
She further charged that the termination of her employment was against natural justice as she was not afforded an opportunity to be heard.