In Summary

  • Her employment was terminated on May 11, this year for mistreating and humiliating the Education CS.
  • She added that for the 11 years she had worked at JKIA, she has never been subjected to any disciplinary proceedings.

A female security guard who was sacked on allegations of mistreating Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) now wants Sh40.9 million in compensation.

In her amended memorandum of claim filed at the Nyeri Employment and Labour Relations Court, Daizy Cherogony indicates that her dismissal was wrongful, illegal and an act that undermines the security of the Kenyan aviation industry.

She had initially stated she wanted Sh2.4 million in compensation.

Through Matundura Advocates, Ms Cherogony wants the court to compel Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) to compensate her, explaining that she is entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal and unfair termination of employment.

INCREMENT

In her new claim, she wants Sh128,916 for payment in lieu of notice monthly salary, Sh1,547,001 for wrongful termination, and Sh116,720 for unpaid salary raise as per the collective bargaining agreement.

She is also seeking Sh60,000 as house allowance increase, Sh43,137 for leave, Sh545,380 for unpaid holidays, Sh2,965,068 for punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages for loss of career prospects and Sh35,580,816 damages for loss of employment up to retirement age of 60 years.

Her employment was terminated on May 11 this year for mistreating and humiliating the Education CS by requiring him to queue for a security check like other passengers, which almost led him to miss his flight.

Ms Cherogony, 37, was issued with a dismissal letter signed by Managing Director Jonny Andersen on the grounds of misconduct.

The CS was flying to Kisumu on the evening of April 5, 2017 and was accompanied by his security guards.

SPECIAL TREATMENT

Mr Matiang’i, Ms Cherogony claimed, did not want to follow the queues and wanted special treatment despite the fact that it was raining and other passengers were complaining as the lines were increasing.

She indicated that according to the security manual Cabinet secretaries usually queue like normal passengers unless they have special passes that need them to have special arrangements before they arrive at the airport to board flights.

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