Sacked PTSC manager settles lawsuit

A for­mer man­ag­er at the Pub­lic Trans­port Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion (PTSC), who was fired af­ter three years on the job when it was dis­cov­ered that he did not have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the post, has come to a $600,000 set­tle­ment over his dis­missal.

The set­tle­ment was an­nounced as the wrong­ful dis­missal case brought by Ish­war Jadoo­nanan was set to go on tri­al be­fore Jus­tice Frank Seep­er­sad at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Tues­day.

While Jadoo­nanan was claim­ing a lit­tle over $1.5 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion in the case, he agreed to ac­cept one-third of the fig­ure to with­draw it and avoid a tri­al.

As he al­lowed Jadoo­nanan to with­draw the case, Seep­er­sad con­grat­u­lat­ed the par­ties for adopt­ing what he de­scribed as the “pru­dent ap­proach”.

Dur­ing a pre-tri­al re­view, sev­er­al months ago, Seep­er­sad sug­gest­ed the course of ac­tion as he not­ed that Jadoo­nanan had a valid claim over a lack of no­tice be­fore he was ter­mi­nat­ed.

As part of the de­ci­sion, Seep­er­sad al­so or­dered PTSC to pay the $74,576.06 in le­gal costs which Jadoo­nanan in­curred in bring­ing the law­suit.

Jadoo­nanan was hired as the com­pa­ny’s hu­man re­source man­ag­er in Sep­tem­ber 2010.

Sev­er­al months lat­er, there was a re­struc­tur­ing in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and Jadoo­nanan was el­e­vat­ed to the po­si­tion of Deputy Gen­er­al Man­ag­er-Hu­man Re­sources. He was giv­en a con­tract span­ning from 2010 to 2014.

One year lat­er, Jadoo­nanan claimed that he was ap­point­ed to act as Deputy Gen­er­al Man­ag­er-Ad­min­is­tra­tion while an­oth­er em­ploy­ee took up his pre­vi­ous post.

Sev­er­al months af­ter Jadoo­nanan re­ceived the sec­ond pro­mo­tion, he was asked to re­sub­mit his re­sume.

He com­plied and was then in­formed that he did not pos­sess a Mas­ters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) as re­quired un­der his new job de­scrip­tion. He was even­tu­al­ly ter­mi­nat­ed.

In his law­suit, Jadoo­nanan claimed that he was on­ly in­formed of the board’s de­ci­sion af­ter in­ac­cu­rate news­pa­per re­ports on his tenure at PTSC were pub­lished. Jadoo­nanan chal­leng­ing his dis­missal on the ba­sis that he was not in­formed of the al­leged ed­u­ca­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ment when he was suc­ces­sive­ly pro­mot­ed.

“Jadoo­nanan’s per­son­al records were al­ways with­in the records of the de­fen­dant and avail­able at any time for re­view,” his lawyers said in his state­ment of case.

In its de­fence, PTSC claimed that Jadoo­nanan was not ap­point­ed or con­firmed in the po­si­tions as he claimed.

It al­so claimed that the $59,000 a month salary Jadoo­nanan was claim­ing he was earn­ing, was not ap­proved by the then Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port.

While it de­nied any wrong­do­ing, PTSC claimed that if Jadoo­nanan was, in fact, wrong­ful ter­mi­nat­ed, he was on­ly en­ti­tled to three months salary in his con­tract.

Jadoo­nanan was rep­re­sent­ed by Kei­th Scot­land, Asha Watkins-Montserin and Ka­ri­na Dook­ie, while Ni­rad Sam­nad­da-Ram­rek­ers­ingh and Richard Free­man rep­re­sent­ed the PTSC.

Reporter: Derek Achong

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