- She was working as a programme coordinator until November 2022, when she was sacked over the allegations of sexual harassment.
- The court will also determine whether the process of termination was lawful.
A Kenyan lawyer is in court fighting to retain her job at a civil society group after being sacked over allegations of calling her junior male colleague baby boy.
The junior colleague alleges tha the nicknames baby boy and lollipop amounted to sexual harassment.
The woman whose name has been withheld for legal reasons and dignity, was sacked by the organisation after the male employee complained of sexual harassment.
According to court papers, she also used to refer to the unidentified man as “boy lollipop”. The NGO said that she nicknamed the man without his consent.
She was working as a programme coordinator until November 2022, when she was sacked over the allegations of sexual harassment.
After being sacked, the woman sued the BGI alleging unfair dismissal and the Employment and Labour Relations Court is now expected to rule on whether giving an employee an affectionate name that is deemed to be suggestive, amounts to sexual harassment at the workplace.
The court will also determine whether the process of termination was lawful.
The woman has since lost a bid to suspend the termination of her employment pending the hearing and determination of her petition in which she is seeking reinstatement and damages. She also wanted the court to block the organisation from recruiting another person to replace her.
Through its lawyers the organisation said in its court filings that a complaint was made against the lawyer on April 23, 2022, from a member of the programmes’ team.