Thompson endures third straight day of questioning
Director of the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) Henderson Thompson today underwent a third straight day of intense cross-examination in the wrongful dismissal case of the BVTB’s marketing and public relations officer.
Having got Thompson to admit on the first day of cross-examination before the Employment Rights Tribunal that the BVTB had breached the law when it fired Jasmine Payne nearly three years ago, attorney-at-law Tricia Watson continued her relentless cross-examination today, this time forcing the Government official to reveal that her client was the only person ever dismissed by the Board for not compiling an annual report.
In fact, Thompson admitted that there was a backlog of reports due dating back to 2005.
During cross examination today, Thompson again told the tribunal chaired by attorney-at-law Omari Drakes, and including Dr Hartley Richards and Frederick Forde, that Payne was terminated because she did not have the qualifications for the post of marketing and public relations officer and that she lacked the necessary interpersonal skills.
The BVTB Director also repeated the admissions he made last week that he did not write Payne about her conduct leading up to the termination; did not give her a copy of the complaint, not did he meet with her.
Today’s hearing at the Labour Department Conference Room in Warrens, St Michael, began at 2 p.m. and was adjourned around 4:45 p.m. and will continue tomorrow.