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Jul 14, 2009

Christine Perriott back in court with former employer

Story PictureChristine Perriott was in court today for arguments in her case against Belize Telemedia Limited for her termination. Perriott took the stand this morning in the court of Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh and was examined by her attorney, Antoinette Moore. Her contention was that she was terminated in 2007 because of her involvement in union affairs. In particular Perriott tried to link her dismissal directly with her efforts to try and resolve the issue surrounding the firings of three former liaison officers from the company. Perriott tried to establish that B.T.L. was successful in busting the union. But B.T.L., attorneys, Andrew Marshalleck and Naima Barrow Badillo contended that Perriott’s accusations could not be true since her husband, Paul Perriott, is the current Vice President of the same union and that he nor any other union executive was fired prior to or following her dismissal. B.T.L. contends that Perriott’s termination was based on her attitude and communication breakdown with the company. The B.T.L. attorneys pointed out that there had always been conflict between B.T.L. management and the Belize Communication Workers Union, but no one was ever terminated for their participation in union involvement. The case continues at nine on Wednesday morning before Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh. Perriott is expected to call two witnesses and B.T.L. will call its Human Resources Manager, Martha Molina and Jose Riverol, who was Perriott’s direct supervisor prior to her termination.

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