Opposition parties call for an independent investigation into the misuse of the polgygraph test for the dismissal of GEA employees – 16th May 2013
Jeanelle Noble is one of 20 inspectors sacked by the Guyana Energy Agency, today the woman broke her silence to this Newscast over the manner in which she was dismissed. The 20-year-old from the mining town of Linden told Capitol News that she now feels demoralized after she supposedly failed the lie detector test.
Noble said she did the test voluntarily. She said the video camera was plugged up and she was asked personal questions. She was issued with her dismissal letter on April 26th, but no part of her letter indicates that she was dismissed for failing the lie detector test. Noble said she was terminated with immediate effect in accordance with Clause 18 of her contract of employment. She was given one month’s Salary and was told to return all items of the GEA.
Noble said she now feels like a stigma is attached to her whenever she attends a job interview.
The officers can be fired immediately for willful refusal or neglect, inability to perform duties or comply with any order, disclosure of GEA’s affairs to unauthorized persons, and serious misconduct such as bribery, theft, fraud, breach of confidentiality, continued absence for more than three consecutive days or other behavior, which in the opinion of the Agency, is detrimental to its interests.
Meanwhile the main opposition parties the APNU and the AFC are calling for an independent investigation over what they see as the misuse of the polygraph test for the dismissal of the employees.
Both parties feel that the polygraph test must not be the only basis for terminating an employee.