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The Sport Company of T&T (Sportt) has
to fork out over $5 million to compensate
18 former employees who were unfairly
fired amid allegations of financial mis-
management within the company.
The State-owned special purpose com-
pany has been locked in legal battles in the
Industrial Court with the former employees,
many of whom were fired prior to a restruc-
turing exercise which commenced in early
Sportt has now been forced to concede
defeat in almost all of the lawsuits after its
main defence---that its actions were justified
---failed to succeed when it opted to contest
the case in a trial before three Industrial
Court Judges in 2012.
In addition to being required to compen-
sate the former employees for their monthly
salaries for the remainder of their contracts,
Sportt was also ordered to pay some of them
their contractual gratuities calculated at 20
per cent of their gross salary during the
period of employment. In some of the cases
it was also forced to pay exemplary damages
for the possible implications to the workers
future employment prospects because they
were fired amid serious allegations of poor
management within the company.
The most recent lawsuit was determined
by the court last Monday, with Sportt s for-
mer executive facilities manager Sherlan
Cabralis receiving $434,899 in damages.
In her claim, Cabralis had alleged she was
fired in June 2009 with almost a year left
on her contact, after she was informed by
the company s board that it was investigating
her involvement in the renovations at its
headquarters at Henry Street, Port-of-Spain.
Most of the former employees before the
court were part of the 107 who were fired
three days after the restructuring exercise
was announced during a special staff meeting
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
Spain, on January 7, 2011.
Senior manager Charles Branche was
among the batch who were terminated fol-
lowing of the meeting. Last July, the court
awarded him $1,083,024---the highest com-
pensation package thus far.
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The Judiciary is puzzled by attorney Mark Seep-
ersad s comment that he was not interviewed dur-
ing the police investigation into the discovery of
court High Court documents at his chambers in
"The Judiciary notes recent comments in the
media which assert that Mr. Mark Seepersad, Attor-
ney-at-Law, alleges that he was never interviewed
in relation to a matter involving court files found
in the office of an attorney at law.
"The Judiciary is puzzled by these reports as it
can confirm that it is in possession of a Trinidad
& Tobago Police Service report dated 10th February,
2011 which states that Mr. Seepersad was indeed
interviewed and which gives details of his responses,"
the Judiciary said in a statement.
Contacted on the matter yesterday, Seepersad
said he would rather not comment on the release
at this time, except to say that he will be writing
the administrative secretary of Chief Justice Ivor
Archie on it.
"I have seen the press release. I have spoken to
the administrative secretary of the Chief Justice
and I am in the process of writing to the admin-
istrative secretary of the Chief Justice," he said.
The Judiciary had sent out a release last Friday
stating that a police investigation into the discovery
of court documents at the Port-of-Spain office of
an attorney almost five years ago unearthed no
The investigation was launched after Seepersad
found documents which he believed belonged to
the High Court in his office in 2010.
Seepersad said the documents were among several
items left behind by attorney Gerald Ramdeen when
he (Ramdeen) vacated the office in October 11, 2010.
The two had shared a practice before parting ways.
In a letter dated November 15, 2010, to then Reg-
istrar of the Supreme Court Evelyn-Ann Petersen,
Seepersad said the High Court documents included
a hardcover notebook belonging to Justice Lennox
Deyalsingh and several personal documents belong-
ing to or referencing Asha Harripaul.
Harripaul was then a judicial support officer at
the Supreme Court.
In an interview with T&T Guardian last Friday,
Seepersad said he was taken aback by the initial
Judiciary statement since he was never interviewed
by the police during their investigation.
High Court files in private chambers
Main defence against 18 ex-workers crashes
One of the most intriguing cases
involved Sue Ellen Rajnauth-Williams,
who was hired as an administrative
assistant in June 2010 but was told her
services were no longer required after a
mere three hours on the job. She has
since been awarded $90,000.
In all of the lawsuits, filed by three
major trade unions representing the
workers, the unions claimed that the
company was "harsh and oppressive" in
firing them without giving them detailed
reasons or a fair opportunity to be heard.
The unions also claimed that Sportt's
entire management of the exercise was
contrary to good industrial relations
The company was represented by
attorney Larry Williams while Anthony
Bullock appeared for the Banking
Insurance and General Workers Union
(BIGWU), which represented the majority
of the employees.
There are still a handful of cases still
before the court and a yet to be settled or
determined. However, legal sources said
the they will most likely end in a similar
fashion to those already determined.
$90,000 FOR 3 HOURS WORK
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