Dismissed workers take legal action against the Guyana Energy Agency
Meet Vernon James he is one of the sacked Guyana Energy Agency inspectors who were dismissed after failing a lie detector test. But in James’s case he never took the test but was still fired. He has now moved to the courts to challenge his dismissal. He said a Writ was served on the GEA on Monday. James vowed to go the full nine yards because he believes that persons at the head of the company do not have the company’s best interests at heart.
Over 20 inspectors were dismissed after failing the lie detector test. The former employees spoke of the humiliation they have to endure. According to the dismissed workers they are now beginning to feel like they were the scapegoats after taking the test voluntarily.
The services of the workers were terminated with immediate effect in accordance with clause 18 of their contract of employment. They were given one month’s salary and were told to return all items of the GEA.
The parliamentary opposition parties and some trade union leaders have called for an independent probe into what they call the misuse of the polygraph test for the dismissals of the employees.