A 7-month-pregant journalist with Family TV who fell sick at work has been fired by the Christian media. The journalist is still in shock after the station’s general manager Ken Masiolo callously asked her how her yet-to-be born baby was doing only to hand over a dismissal letter minutes later.
Despite producing medical examinations including scans done at the Agah Khan Hospital in Buru Buru, the journalist was fired for allegedly failing to report to work. The media house has refused to pay her terminal dues by maliciously invoking the "gross misconduct" clause in the employment contract.
She is now crying for justice saying that three other female journalists at the station have been fired
because they got pregnant.
The journalist, who is planning to wed his fiancé this weekend said the situation at the station is terrible especially for female employees. She says she fell sick on Tuesday last week and was given permission to leave at 3:30 pm and the receptionist was asked to escort her to hospital but she could not report back to work on Wednesday because she was still undergoing treatment.
When she reported on Thursday she was asked to report to the general manager who fired her.
"I got into the office and asked me how the baby was doing. I told him the baby was fine. He then told me that it has been decided that she should rest and produced the summary dismissal letter. I did not believe it because even by head of department supported my case,” she added.
As she marries her sweetheart this weekend she is pondering on taking legal action against the media house saying it is now criminalizing pregnancies and failing to respect not only women rights but also human rights.
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