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ImperialBusiness Times reports that Adila Chowan, who successfully sued Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti in a race and gender discrimination suit, claims that she cannot find full-time work because her former boss has given her negative references.  

In addition, she says that while Lamberti has apologised for his actions in public press releases, he has not contacted her to personally apologise.  Last month the High Court found that Chowan's dignity had been impaired when Lamberti labelled her an employment equity candidate who needed four years in development before taking on a C-suite role.  Lamberti last week resigned from Eskom's board and his position as a director at Business Leadership SA hangs in the balance.  Chowan has only been able to find contract work since her suspension from Imperial when she complained about racial and gender discrimination.  Last week she told Business Times:  "[Lamberti] has not apologised to me and in his public apologies you have to ask what he is apologising for.  He has given me negative references and destroyed my career."  Lamberti denied he had given Chowan negative references.  He said he had received a single request for a reference which he had passed on to a colleague to handle.  Lamberti also denies that the court found race or gender discrimination, but he apologised for the impairment of Chowan's dignity.  The court has yet to decide on a final financial damages claim for Chowan, but it has awarded costs against the company.

  • Read an extended summary of this report by Ferial Haffajee at SA Labour News

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