gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that an employee of an agency of the Department of Human Settlements has filed a R2m defamation suit against her employer and a senior manager for allegedly spreading rumours that she had slept her way to promotions.

The employee, who filed civil litigation in the Johannesburg High Court last month, also wants her employer – the Housing Development Agency – to pay her a further R500,000 for trauma and emotional suffering. She furthermore wants another R60,000 for current and future medical treatment involving psychotherapy. The woman, 41, who cannot be named due to the serious nature of allegations that include rape, was seconded to a new position in 2018 by her superiors. According to court papers, a senior manager of the agency told a board meeting that the complainant had sexual intercourse with senior executives in return for a promotion. The manager also apparently told the board of directors that the complainant had been intoxicated after a party and was taken advantage of by her superiors. The agency said in its court papers that while the matter had been raised during a board meeting, the woman's name was not used as she was referred to as an "unnamed employee". It argued that the employee is not entitled to the relief she siought as she did not suffer the harm she alleged in her claim. In another R3m claim filed with the Labour Court for harassment and unfair discrimination, the employee said that without even contacting her, the agency launched an investigation over allegations of her being raped. In its defence, the agency said that it was in the public interest and it had a duty to pursue the allegations made.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Isaac Mahlangu at SowetanLive


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