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Two fire officers sacked for getting pregnant reinstated, get GH¢50k each

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has ordered the reinstatement of two fire service officers who were sacked for getting pregnant within three years of their employment.

Regulation 33(6) of the conditions of service of the fire service prohibits pregnancy within the first 3 years of employment.

The regulation states that “A female employee shall not be dismissed on the ground that she is pregnant provided she has served the first three years”.

The two fire officers, Grace Fosu  and Thelma Hammond where dismissed from the Fire Service in 2014 after the Service discovered that they had taken seed within the first three years after joining the Service.

Delivering the Judgment, the Human Rights Court presided over by Justice of the Court of Appeal sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court Judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah held that the decision by the Fire Service was discriminatory and a breach of the fundamental Human Rights of the two applicants in the matter.

The court was of the view that regulation 33(6) of the conditions of service of the Ghana National Fire Service was discriminatory, unjustifiable, illegitimate and illegal.

The court on Thursday ordered their reinstatement, payment of arrears of their salaries and benefits that accrued during the period of dismissal.

The two are also entitled to compensation in the sum of  50,000 Ghana cedis each for the trauma and inconvenience caused them by the wrongful dismissal.

By Selorm Amenyah| TV3| Ghana

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