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gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that the Grahamstown High Court has ruled that Ikwezi municipality is vicariously liable for damages caused to a former employee who was sexually assaulted by corporate services manager Xola Jack.  

The municipality is now on the hook for a damages payout to the former employee, which could be as much as R4-million.  The issue of damages will be argued in a separate hearing.  It is said that the judgment breaks new legal ground on vicarious liability and could have far-reaching implications for employers.  Judge Jeremy Pickering commented that there has been a growing realisation and appreciation of the prevalence and devastating effects of sexual harassment in the workplace.  He indicated that it had been unreasonable that the presiding officer in Jack’s company disciplinary hearing had not considered dismissal an appropriate sanction, especially in the light of his previous warning for theft.  He found both Jack and the municipality liable for damages.

  • Read this report by Adrienne Carlisle in full at SowetanLive

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