Kithure Kindiki who is the current Tharaka Nithi senator, is in a legal storm for sacking his pregnant employee, Yasmin Josephine Mokoya, a lawyer, upon her refusal to take unpaid three-months maternity leave.
The Labour Relations Court has ordered Senator Kindiki to recoup Ms. Mokaya, who worked at his law firm, Kshs. 2.2 million for unlawfully terminating her employment. Justice Mathews Nduma ruled that Prof Kindiki’s decision to fire the lawyer after she refused to take an unpaid maternity leave, violated her constitutional rights against discrimination, on grounds of pregnancy.
Senator Kindiki will renumerate the young advocate Kshs. 1.5 million as damages for violation of her rights, Kshs. 552,894, six months compensation for unlawful and unfair termination of employment, Kshs. 129,008, compensation for unspent leave days and Kshs. 92,149, one-month salary in lieu of notice.