dfcu Bank is in trouble after the High Court in Kampala granted permission to over 400 ex-employees of Crane Bank to sue the Bank for wrongful termination. They want dfcu to pay them Shs6bn in damages for wrongful termination.
The Deputy Registrar in charge of Civil Matters at the High Court, Sarah Langa on Monday allowed the application of 10 ex-Crane Bank employees to file a representative suit on behalf of more than 400 terminated colleagues with similar interests.
The affected including managers, tellers and cleaners argue that they were laid off without a sound reason within one month after dfcu took over Crane in January this year.
Isaac Semakadde, a lawyer representing the ex-employees said dfcu violated many provisions in Uganda’s constitution as well as the country’s labour laws.
“They are entitled to reinstatement if they so wish as first priority if not they are entitled to recover compensation and this compensation would be substantial because dfcu violated numerous norms and standards in our constitution and labour law,” Semakadde said.
The former employees say dfcu has been advertising to fill up a number of job vacancies, leaving them out unfairly.
“We were mistreated; you find a branch manager being reduced to a teller,” said one of the former employees who turned up at Court.