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gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the High Court in Johannesburg has yet to quantify the amount of money payable to a former Imperial Holdings manager after it found she was racially discriminated against.  

Adila Chowan sought a R23m settlement in her application against the company’s subsidiary Associated Motor Holdings and Imperial Holdings CEO and Eskom board chairman Mark Lamberti, whom the court found had acted in a sexist and racist manner towards her.  Chowan took the company to court after she was dismissed in 2015 for challenging a decision to employ a white male who was less qualified than her as CFO, despite prior assurances she would be promoted to the position.  When she was turned down for the position, Lamberti referred to her as a female employment equity appointee in the presence of other managers.  The court found that Lamberti and Imperial’s actions impaired Chowan’s dignity and that she was "extremely upset, humiliated, degraded and objectified in terms of being a female empowerment equity candidate" without recognition of her status as a professional qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience.  Eskom is studying the verdict against Lamberti‚ who was allegedly heavily involved in the disciplinary process that was launched against Chowan after she lodged a grievance about his conduct. The prerogative to hire or fire Eskom board members is with the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, who is "taking legal advice" on the matter.  On Tuesday, Lamberti said in a statement he "deeply regretted" his actions.

  • Read this detailed report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Black Business Council takes aim at Lamberti, at eNCA
  • And also, Eskom called on to act against racial, gender discrimination at AMH, at IOL News
  • As well as, Imperial CEO's 'disturbing' conduct creates first problem for new Eskom board, at Business Insider


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