Labor Ministry Instructs Bridge International To Pay Approximately 40k To Ex-employee For Wrongful Dismissal

In pic: Education Min Sonii, Bridge Country Director Gbilia and Bridge Owner Shannon May

Bridge International Academies has been instructed to pay one of its employees wrongfully dismissed in the tone of almost forty thousand USD.

The Ministry through its Deputy Minister for Manpower Development, Hannah McCaulley,  the company hacked into the staff account, inserted information to implicate before doing a kangaroo investigation to dismiss.

In a ruling addressed to Gbovadeh Gbilia the current Country Director of Bridge and former Deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development, the staff should be reinstated immediately or paid 24 months of salary for the wrongful action meted.

Former Country Director Griffin Asigo who carried out the wrongful action has since been removed from the Liberian workforce on orders of Education Minister D. Ansu Sonii.

The ruling, a copy in the possession of this outlet states ‘The assertion by HR Alimata Johnson that Bridge emails are ownership of the company and can be assessed at any time by the company without having to share the name of the particular person who assessed, such statement suggests a clear admission to tampering with the employee’s account.’

‘Throughout the proceedings, management failed to show or indicate what part of the email in question that they considered as classified information to demonstrate the effect and extent to which such information must be protected because of its sensitivity to the agency or individual which is not already in the public domain. As such we are not convinced of the classified nature of the email in question,’ the findings revealed.

Labor Ministry says the action of the management of Bridge is a complete witch hunt and the staff must be duly paid according to Chapter 14.10 of the Decent Work Act of 2015.

The management of Bridge is yet to do a response to the Labor Ministry which also has on its desk several other cases ranging from bad labor to illegal dismissal and witch hunt amongst others.

Bridge is a company outsourced under Education Minister George Werner to run Liberia’s educational program and take it from mess to best but educational pundits say the system remains the same despite millions the company gets every school year from international donors.

Legislators have since begun summoning the management over these excesses, we gathered.

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