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Dec 3, 2013

Muschamp rehired but at a lower salary

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

We reported last week that single mother of two children, Sharie Muschamp, is back at her desk at International Business Companies Registry. Muschamp was on sick leave that ran into maternity leave when the registry was taken over by the government and she was not rehired. But when Muschamp returned to work, she was notified told she had no job and was escorted by security off the compound. But she went public with her plight and when she went back to the IBC, she was rehired by the government, but at a lower salary. Her attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd today gave the media an update on Muschamp’s status.

 

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney for Sharie Muschamp

“There is really good news and I have to thank the media for keeping that story alive. Miss Sharie, I have her letter here—that she was offered full employment effective the eleventh of June. Now it is not everything we want. Her employment, they are offering her new employment—the eleventh of June onwards—that’s when the government took over the IBC Registry. We are not totally satisfied with one or two points, but it is not sufficient for us to say outright we don’t want it. I believe there is room for negotiating. We’ve sent a letter to the director general of the registry, which is Mister Gian Gandhi, and we hope to get a favorable response. At least for now we know that she has a job.”

 

Reporter

“With this new contract, did she receive that same amount, is she getting salary at the point where it was before she was dismissed?”

 

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“That is one of the points that we are disputing. When she went on leave as of the twenty-fourth of May, she had a new salary, which was an increase. Under this new employment letter, it is no longer the eighteen thousand it is the seventeen thousand—it is about eight hundred dollars less. We have not had an explanation why that is—of course that is one of the answers we want. So that is one of the points. We believe that Sharie should have the salary that she left with. The fact that the government took over the IBC has nothing to do with her. She got a performance appraisal, she merited her increment—she got her increment. We are not concerned about what the battle is between IBC, BISL and all of those. We are just protecting the right of one single mother, who has every right to her employment benefits. The other point that came up that we believe some kind of settlement apart from the maternity benefit that is in dispute is that they say that after three months of employment, they will take her before a medical board. But my client knows that she is fit enough to be working, but that is just them to try to exonerate their position as before. But we think it should be known public that employees need to know that your boss can’t just get up one day and say that I’ll take you to a medical board.”

 

Matura-Shepherd says that to date, she has not received a response from BISL with respect to whether Muschamp was dismissed prior to June eleventh when Government took over the registries. And if in fact her client was dismissed, her client is entitled to severance which will be dealt with in court or through a settlement. 

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