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Aug 14, 2012

Former K.H.M.H. employee says she’s the victim

Sharn Lemoth

One year old Kimora Leslie died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (K.H.M.H.) on April twenty-ninth, 2006, after urgent neurosurgery was allegedly delayed. It was an extremely controversial issue and Leslie’s grandmother, Sharn Lemoth, who was then employed at the hospital, was vocal on the media, expressing her dissatisfaction with the K.H.M.H.  But after speaking out, Lemoth says she was targeted by the then hospital administration and when she went on sick leave in 2009, she was threatened with dismissal. Having ten years of service, her termination would have cancelled all gratuities so Lemoth resigned. But she feels that she was victimized and says that for the past three years, she has been unemployed and stuck in debt. She now wants to be either reinstated or compensated.

 

Sharn Lemoth, Former Nurses’ Aide, K.H.M.H.

“K.H.M.H. accused me that I ridiculed the K.H.M.H. authority with all the public outrage and mainly because of what I personally said on the news on Wednesday May seventeenth, 2006; Tuesday May the second; Friday April the twenty-eighth 2006 and May the tenth, 2006. In the C.E.O.’s zeal to make an example of me along with the director of human resources and board members—I got sick and went to the doctor who then, in his opinion saw me incapable of working for five working days due to acute sinusitis. So I took my certified sick leave to human resources office as we usually do and the office refused to accept my certified sick leave. Whilst in the office, I was given this letter in which the K.H.M.H. termed my sick leave as aggravated absence and unauthorized absence because they knew that these accusations carried stiff penalties and these charges were levied with the intent to make an example of me and did not follow due process. I am on certified sick leave and I didn’t break any laws. So in fear of losing my ten years entitlement, I was victimized, biased and intimated verbally with threat of dismissal. I resigned from my gainful employment. I humbly ask that I be compensated up to the time of my retirement if I am not able to get reinstated back. I demand justice, justice delayed is justice denied. Baby Kimora Leslie was oppressed to death and the oppression of me continues. I am the backbone of my family, for three years I have no electricity, I owe thousands of dollars in school fees.”

 

Lemoth says she has attempted to take the matter to court but could not afford an attorney.

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2 Responses for “Former K.H.M.H. employee says she’s the victim”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    Where is the Human Rights organization?Stop the violation of Citizens’ rights Belize.

  2. Seletar says:

    Employer retaliation against an employee for exercising free speech or any constitutional right is an ugly, wrong thing. I imagine KHMH has a different viewpoint, and I’m curious to hear it.

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