Reid-Batson got ten warning letters in one month

Former employee of the then Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Constance Reid-Batson received ten warning letters between February 7, 2014 and March 5, 2014 regarding her absence from work, the Employment Rights Tribunal was told this afternoon.

Reid-Batson, a former quality assurance officer, is challenging her termination from that state-run statutory body on May 15, 2014, because the BTA had charged that her ill-health, which led to prolonged absence from work, had affected her ability to perform.

On day-two of the unfair dismissal hearing, the Tribunal also heard that she had chalked up 464 sick days over a 24-month period.

With the BTA’s attorney Dr Lenda Blackman pressing her during nearly two hours of questioning, Reid-Batson admitted she had not reported for work between March 5, 2012 and March 4, 2014.

Blackman read from a letter dated May 2, 2014 through which Reid-Batson was advised that “having regard for the period of time – 464 days over the 24 months period” that she had been absent from work, the BTA was contemplating taking disciplinary action against her, and was inviting her to a meeting to discuss the matter.

The meeting was set for May 14, 2014, and Reid-Batson was advised that she could take along a representative such as a friend or a shop steward.

“The basis of the grounds set out above, is that due to your health leading to your said absence from work, you have not been capable of performing the work which we employed you to do,” the letter stated.

The former employee admitted that she had not attended the meeting, and it emerged that this was on the advice of her lawyer Gregory Nicholls, who had responded to the BTA on her behalf, advising that “there was no basis” for the meeting.

Reid-Batson also admitted that she had not submitted a sick certificate for the period she had been absent, but disagreed with the BTA’s attorney that she had abandoned her job.

She also conceded that she had signed a policy document agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations of the BTA, which Blackman reminded her included what was required of employees in cases of their absence from work.

The sitting was adjourned until early next year at a date to be announced later.

41 Responses to Reid-Batson got ten warning letters in one month

  1. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell December 10, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Perhaps the QUALITY of her work was to such a high standard, she can assure them there was no need for QUANTITY of days at work?

  2. Raphael Luke
    Raphael Luke December 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    How can you be employed to work and don’t…. I waiting fa de Doc to tell us wha happen to she that she ain’t medically unfit but she can’t work for a whole year. Just looking at her pic …..sickness look real good.

    • Judy Stanford
      Judy Stanford December 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

      If she has a mental illness, you cannot tell by looking at her.

    • Raphael Luke
      Raphael Luke December 10, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Quality Assurance Officer with mental issues? Clearly then a square peg in a round hole…..I could probably guess what she was sick of. (1) Sick of work or (2) Sick of the ppl at work. If that is the case RESIGN. She is one of many in Gov’t service just exploiting the system

  3. Andrea O Bryan
    Andrea O Bryan December 10, 2016 at 6:10 am

    10 warning letters??? Sorry but that’s 7 too many and she clearly wasn’t paying them any attention. The employer has to take some of the blame for enabling this madness.

  4. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali December 10, 2016 at 6:20 am

    If only she had yelled “feh”

  5. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 10, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Lost case fired for abandonment of the job! a case that’s going to stick! Refusing to attend meeting when summons,never ever presented a doctor’s certificate, after exceeding the alotted24 months period.last. but not least you’ve signed the employer hand book, I guess that you’ve read somehow.

  6. Jean December 10, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Sadly, this is what the Tribunal will have to deal with. People who do not really want to work, or have bad attitudes, and give their employers ‘stress’. She has an attitude that is all too familiar in public services. ‘I here, I ain’t tell you I working’. She was not even there!

  7. Sasha King
    Sasha King December 10, 2016 at 6:41 am

    This story makes absolutely no sense…help me out

  8. Jeff Weekes
    Jeff Weekes December 10, 2016 at 6:45 am

    She proberly had a big up government friend..

  9. Michelle Barber
    Michelle Barber December 10, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I am missing something what is her complaint? She never showed up for work, if she was legitimately sick I am sure it would have been well documented. If it is proven she was wrong she should be fined for the time wasted.

  10. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph December 10, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Day 1s evidence was a disaster for the complainant, Day 2s sounds even worse. Why is this frivolous case before the Tribunal? This is a complete waste of resources. Complainants with such nonsense claims should be made to refund the people of Barbados the sum of each days’ hearings.

  11. Jean-Marc Cozier
    Jean-Marc Cozier December 10, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Adjourned till next year!
    It would take any right thinking adjudicator less than 10 minutes to conclude this matter based on the clear facts that have been put forth.
    Why waste more time with a doctor etc to prove this is a clear case of an attempt to manipulate the system

  12. Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson December 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Did they send them to the correct address? 1-10? That was 7 too many!

  13. Shamar Reece
    Shamar Reece December 10, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Roland F. A. Harewood 10 warning letters hahahahahaha make her a national hero.

    • Roland F. A. Harewood
      Roland F. A. Harewood December 10, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Only 10? Maybe everyone else was doing so much junk that her absence really meant nothing

    • Shamar Reece
      Shamar Reece December 10, 2016 at 8:03 am

      She should be a politician. She would fit in perfectly.

  14. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 10, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Did she get paid while she was out? I need that job when the opening is available.

  15. Savannah Summers
    Savannah Summers December 10, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Vernetta hmmmmm??

  16. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid December 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Mel Mel I like I lost

    • Kim A Bourne
      Kim A Bourne December 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

      No sick paper submitted…how de ass is this even an issue…464 days?

  17. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith December 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

    This is only one case, makes you wonder how many other ‘sick’ employees out there!

  18. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Wow only in Barbados can this kind of b/s happen,damm I know persons who got fired for far less than this in 30 days looks like she might be related to a politician,somethings about this case ain’t adding up.

  19. Bryan Mayers
    Bryan Mayers December 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Sad thing is when u get 3 in a YEAR in the private sector you are fired. I feel I in the wrong job.

  20. Mar Git
    Mar Git December 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

    What an ignorant little a..

  21. Sue Donym December 10, 2016 at 9:10 am

    How is she even disputing that she was unable to perform the job? To use the attorney’s words, “There (is) no basis”.

  22. North Point December 10, 2016 at 9:20 am

    “having regard for the period of time – 464 days over the 24 months period” that she had been absent from work”,

    “Reid-Batson admitted she had not reported for work between March 5, 2012 and March 4, 2014”.

    I really want to know if she was self employed.
    why is it that she wanted to stay away from work, is it that she found a way to be paid and not work, this is a pattern is some high end jobs in Government, but yuh know wha, she was not that lucky.

    woman yuh luck ran out, never follow multitude to do evil, yuh old enough to know that, yuh might be skillful, but not “SMART”.

  23. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie December 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    These cases wouldn’t even be entertained in developed countries

  24. Natasha Browne December 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    If that was private sector she would have been fired long time. How could you say wrongful dismissal when you ain’t work for while 2 years I’m sure all bajans would love that luxury to not work for so long and still have a job smh.

  25. Shawn hoyte December 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

    What foolishness is this? She should be paying the BTA or NIS whoever paid her for those 464 days. Ppl want work and can’t get ppl have work and won’t work.

  26. Sonia December 10, 2016 at 11:35 am

    My concern is that the persons on the tribunal have to be paid to listen to this crap. Why is this even before the tribunal? Waste of the taxpayers money. This is a clear case of “rightful dismissal”.

  27. Alive & free December 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Do you know the inside of this organization? I was employed there for 5 or more miserable years. This is a political arena. Party comes to power & bring in employees. Party leaves power and employees are dismissed. Employees who have no party affiliation are left to dry. The hierarchies make your life a living hell. They find pleasure in tormenting you to the point of nervous breakdown,cancer and other ailments. They refuse to make you medically unfit so as to deny you your pension. This is not an isolated case.

  28. Tony Webster December 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    This is just the tip of the public-service ice-berg. You really think a sane person would do such things “solo” if similar behavior was not countenanced as “normal”…if not as extreme as this?
    I pay taxes to provide a salary for public sector jobs like this?

    This lady apparently has no friends or family, (or a union shop-steward either), as otherwise they would have told her it would obviously end in tears. Would be interesting to see if an order is made for restitution to her employers, of emoluments paid, but not earned in good faith.

    Pride and Industry…please come out of hiding in the closet…and face the hot sun!

  29. Hal Austin December 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Don’t forget that civil servants can legitimately take 21 day sick leave. The civil service is a joke.

  30. Jennifer December 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This woman is a phenomenon and bold too. To chalk up 464 days in 24 months is astounding and then to fight for compensation is icing on the sick cake. I want to see the outcome of this. Sadly i have to agree that this is just the tip of the public service iceberg. These people need a WELL NOTE from the doctor. I want to know the name of the doctor too so i can use he for my work purposes too.

  31. Bajanne1 December 12, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Is this why productivity in Barbados so low and government debt so high? This would never be allowed in the private sector where measuring the productivity of each individual employee is so critical and vital to the company’s success. Unbelievable that this could have been allowed to go on for so long…..then again, it’s how governments function.

  32. Shantal December 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Alive and free – if this is the case you know what people do in the private sector? They resign.

    Many, many people out there are working in unhappy, toxic work environmenta. You tough it out and if it is the case that it is impacting your health you bite the bullet and resign.

    I saw my own mother go through similar – after nearly 30 years of dedicated service, winning every staff award there was she encountered two bosses back to back that were simply terrible managers and worse – friends. So terrible manager #2 came in with the prejudices of terrible manager #1 and determined to finish her work after she went to another post.

    In a department of 7 staff members, 6 resigned in the space of 3 years.

    Despite all my mum”s years and the pension she had accrued she chose to leave because working with these 2 caused her to develop sky high blood pressure when hypertension doesn’t even run in our family.

    So while I’d be empathetic if that is the case I can’t condone sucking taxpayers dry a’s the solution.

  33. Helicopter(8P) December 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Waste of time going any further Nationals of Barbados with this case. Dereliction of duty in work performance and total disregard to the work ethic principals by not having medical evaluation presented to Management supervision!

  34. Helicopter(8P) December 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    You may be required to repay the state unfulfilling earnings!


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