Tea girl fired for using her boss’ microwave awarded Sh92,000

She won the case [Photo: Courtesy]

Teresia Wanjiru, a former employee at Metal Crowns Limited, was also fired on August 24, 2013 for not reporting dumped chicken bones in the office dustbin.

She sued on March 6, 2014 citing unfair termination and compensation over what she described as discrimination, torture and lost income, charges the company denied.

Wanjiru, who was employed as a cleaner/tea girl on June 7, 2010, claims that she was not served with a show-cause letter before the termination of her employment and the company did not challenge her testimony that a colleague, Violet Adhiambo, was the culprit responsible for the chicken bones and use of microwave. 

The court ruled that the show-cause notice was not served and therefore her termination was procedurally unfair but allegations of torture were not proved.

Wanjiru admitted she was paid Sh40, 000 after termination but still sought the equivalent of 12 months’ wages in lieu of notice.

“The claimant served the respondent for about three years and in consideration of the length of service, the court is of the view that the equivalent of three months gross wages would be appropriate”, reads the judgment delivered on July 27.

The court held that the termination of the claimant’s employment was unfair and awards her compensation of Sh92, 823.