Lisa Davis v Gatsby Incorporated

JudgeChristopher Blackman,Edward Bushell,Beverley Beckles
Judgment Date07 July 2020
CourtEmployment Rights Tribunal (Barbados)
Docket NumberCase: ERT/2014/071



Christopher Blackman Esq, GCM; Q.C. Chairman

Edward Bushell, Esq. Member

Beverley Beckles Member

Case: ERT/2014/071

Lisa Davis
Gatsby Incorporated

Ms. Desiree Browne, Attorney-at-Law for the Claimant

Ms. Cicely Chase Q.C with Ms. Sade Williams and Mr. Shaquille Newton, Attorneys-at-Law, on September 10, 2019 for the Respondent;

Mr. Stewart Mottley and Kimberley Moe, Attorneys-at-Law for the Respondent on July 7, 2020.


The Claimant was employed as a Sales Assistant by the Respondent in December 1994 and terminated from that position in April 2014. The Respondent contended that the dismissal was for purposes of business re-organisation, and so was fair.


The Claimant however pointed out that the Termination Certificate filed with the National Insurance Office stated that she had been dismissed for misconduct for refusal to adhere to company's amended Commission structure in light of company's economic downturn.” As a consequence, the Claimant's right to claim from the NIS for unemployment benefits was negatively impacted before the issue was resolved.


On written submissions by Counsel for the Claimant, to which Counsel for the Respondent replied also in writing, the Tribunal on September 10, 2019 upheld the contention that the Claimant's dismissal was unfair in that there had been a failure to observe the requirements of the Fourth Schedule, in that notwithstanding the allegation of misconduct, there had been no hearing to rebut the allegation of misconduct.


The Tribunal invited the parties to make submissions on the remedies to be considered. The Claimant had no interest in either reinstatement or re-engagement. While Mr. Mottley for the Respondent agreed the basic award amount sought by Counsel for the Claimant, he challenged that claim under Section 30 (1) (C) (iv).


The Tribunal has considered the correspondence between the Claimant, particularly those dated March 13, 2014 and March 24, 2014, marked as Exhibits LD 5 and LD 6, to the Claimant's witness statement. We are satisfied the true reason for the dismissal was for a complaint which involved the contract of employment, or practice by the employer. In such circumstances, an award pursuant to paragraph 1(c) of the Fifth Schedule is appropriate.


There is consensus between the parties that the quantum of the basic award be $32,007.21. This...

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