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Sep 12, 2022

Karen Bevans is Awarded Over $800k in Lawsuit Against G.O.B. and B.T.B.

Karen Bevans

According to Senior Counsel Barrow, the claims that were also brought by B.T.B. as countersuits against former tourism minister Manuel Heredia Junior and former B.T.B. Chairman Einer Gomez and former Vice Chairman Glenford Eiley were dismissed.

 

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow, Attorney at Law

“That ancillary claim was dismissed with costs to the three ancillary defendants, Heredia, Gomez and Eiley, and of course, Mrs. Bevans claim for the seven hundred and sixty-nine thousand and odd dollars which represented the balance of her emoluments that she would have been entitled to had the contract proceeded.  She got that, plus prescribed costs which amounted to eighty-one thousand, the judgment merely says she gets a prescribed cost for which she asked. We had calculated it and it‘s eighty-something thousand, eighty-one thousand or eighty thousand and odd. Just either eighty-one or just under eighty-one. So that‘s the story. Basically, what the B.T.B. was arguing was that this contract was not properly given. You know there were ramifications to this kind of an argument because the prime minister had said the same thing that Mrs. Bevans gave herself this contract. The board did not act properly in, as it were, sanctioning the contract. The contract was therefore illegal and in any event, even if the contract was prima facie valid, that clause in the contract that said, if you dismiss me without cause, you have to pay me for the unexpired portion of the contract. They said that‘s a penalty, that‘s legally unenforceable, that is so entirely unreasonable that no sensible institution would ever have included that in a contract of employment, completely ignoring the fact that for at least a decade the contracts for the directors of tourism, as they were called, from Tracy Panton coming down, every single one of them had a contract with the very same clause.”

 

The Belize Tourism Board was represented in the matter by attorney Andrew Marshalleck.


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