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Ex-Premier Manager Sues for US$150 000

A FORMER Premier Finance Group manager has filed a US$150 000 defamation lawsuit against his former employer.

Luke Davies, once administration manager at the finance group, on Wednesday issued High Court summons demanding compensation for damages he suffered after he faced misconduct charges at the company last year.
“The plaintiff’s (Davies’s) claims are for payment of one hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars (USD 150 000.00) representing damages suffered by him as a result of the false, unfounded, malicious and unlawful misconduct allegations brought against him by the defendant in or around April 2008,” reads the summons.
He averred that his professional reputation as well as personal standing and ego were “severely dented” and injured as a result of the misconduct charges that were made by the finance group.
Davies, according to the court documents, was charged by the company’s disciplinary committee for “acts of misconduct” that included theft or fraud, gross incompetence, inefficiency in the performance of work and lack of skill which he “expressly or implied to possess.”
The company during last April’s misconduct hearing claimed Davies prejudiced Premier Finance Group of close to US$13 222 through gross incompetence and inefficiency in making company orders.
The company’s charge sheet read: “During the period between October 2007 and January 2008, you abused your position by using the pool fuel instead of your own allocation as you used pool cars. You did not keep record of the fuel used and so did not reimburse the fuel as per procedure. In the process, you defrauded the company 180 litres of fuel, being the amount that you received at the same time that you were using pool fuel.”
The hearing committee however cleared him of the allegations, but found him guilty of misconduct or omission inconsistent with the fulfilment of the express or implied conditions of his contract.
That charge was later quashed after Davies sought arbitration.
Despite the charges being dismissed, Davies, the court papers claimed, left Premier due to a sour “working relationship” with his former employer.


Bernard Mpofu

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