Standard Chartered Bank to face High Court
July 22, 2021
Lawyers representing Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone and those representing two former employees of the bank, who were allegedly unfairly dismissed after serving the bank for over fifteen to twenty years, will soon spar in the Commercial and Social Division of High Court of Sierra Leone, on the celebrated human rights issue.
The two plaintiffs- Ibrahim Jubairu Bah and Sulaiman Dauda Lumeh, who held senior positions with the bank before their dismissal, have through Yada Williams & Associates, filed a Concurrent Writ of Summon against Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone Limited as the 1st Defendant, and the parent body, Standard Chartered Bank Group PLC, as the 2nd Defendant, for breach of contract and unfair dismissal.
Meanwhile, the 1st defendant, Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone has, through Lambert and Partners, filed an application that, the name of Standard Chartered Bank Group PLC as the parent body, be struck out of the Concurrent Writ of Summon on the grounds that it has been improperly and unnecessarily been made a party to the issue.
The plaintiffs are praying that the court declares that the 1st defendant breached their contract by failing to act towards them fairly, consistently and in a transparent manner before dismissing them from their employment.
They are also praying that the court declares that their dismissal by the defendant from their employment was breach in duty of their care, diligence, fairness and transparency, and that their dismissal by the defendant from their employment amounts to ill-treatment and blatant discrimination.
While the bank had noted that the plaintiffs were dismissed on the grounds of misconduct, lawyers representing the plaintiffs are arguing that the word misconduct constitutes an irreparable injury to the personality and professionalism of the plaintiffs.
They are demanding damages for breach of contract culminating in the loss of employment, present and future earnings, injury to reputation in the financial industry, in life, business and investments prospects in the Leones equivalent of the sum of USD8,384,287.75( Eight Million, three hundred and Eighty four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Four United States Dollars and Seventy-Five Cent).