Posted: Monday, February 6, 2023. 9:12 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: National telecom company Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) must find more than $400,000 to pay 15 former employees who were denied severance and retirement benefits when they were fired, retired early, or resigned from the company.
High Court Justice Sonya Young issued her decision on January 4, ruling for the ex-employees for a combined sum of $409,919.04 along with six percent interest and court costs.
The group of fifteen employees jointly took the telecommunications company to court for not paying them severance under the Labour Act. They further claimed that they were due retirement benefits under the company and its employees’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Five of the employees retired at age 55 and claim they were not properly compensated; five resigned and say they were not paid retirement benefits due; and the others agreed to early retirement and lump sum payments with BTL, only to see the company renege.
Justice Young said in her judgment that the calculations take into account any portion of what was due that had already been paid.
Reports suggest other ex-employees will follow suit.
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