For­eign Min­is­ter’s daugh­ter claims dis­crim­i­na­tion af­ter be­ing ‘de­nied pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­nity’

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella’s daugh­ter Elaine Sci­cluna, is claim­ing that she is be­ing prej­u­diced against by HSBC who in­cluded a clause in a cir­cu­lar ad­ver­tis­ing a po­si­tion say­ing that po­lit­i­cally ex­posed per­sons, or their family mem­bers, can­not ap­ply.

The sit­u­a­tion re­volves around a call for ap­pli­ca­tions to the post of SCC As­sis­tant Team Man­ager, and Mrs Sci­cluna is ar­gu­ing that she was short­listed for an iden­ti­cal post which was then put on hold due to re­struc­tur­ing of the depart­ment, and was later dropped mak­ing way for a newer ap­pli­ca­tion call.

Mrs Sci­cluna, through her lawyer Ian Spi­teri Bai­ley, filed a re­quest for a pro­hibitory in­junc­tion and re­quested that it be pro­vi­sion­ally up­held un­til the fi­nal de­ci­sion is made.

The in­junc­tion re­quest says that she has been em­ployed with the bank for 27 years as a se­nior in­sur­ance ac­count ser­vic­ing of­fi­cer.

The in­junc­tion re­quest states that she par­tic­i­pated in an ap­pli­ca­tion process for the po­si­tion of SCC Re­la­tion­ship Man­ager. She was short­listed and passed through an in­ter­view. Prior to all this, she was ver­bally as­sured by the line man­ager that there was no prob­lem with her fil­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion and par­tic­i­pat­ing in this call, even though her fa­ther is a min­is­ter. She went for the in­ter­view on 11 Au­gust, and from the in­for­ma­tion she has, it went well.

On 30 Au­gust, she re­ceived an email say­ing that the RBWM SCC Team has been sub­ject to re­view, which will re­quire re-struc­tur­ing of the cur­rent op­er­at­ing model. To this ef­fect, any re­cruit­ment has been put on hold un­til things be­come clearer.

On 9 Novem­ber 2016, a job op­por­tu­nity no­tice was re­leased for ap­pli­ca­tions for the post of SCC As­sis­tant Team Man­ager, “and from the key re­spon­si­bil­i­ties it was ev­i­dent that th­ese were pre­cisely for the same role that was pre­vi­ously called SCC Re­la­tion­ship Man­ager, which the ap­pli­cant had ap­plied, was short­listed, and passed the in­ter­view for. This time, con­trary to the pre­vi­ous job op­por­tu­nity no­tice, a con­di­tion was added which read: ‘given the na­ture of role re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, em­ploy­ees who are PEPs (in­clud­ing family mem­bers or close as­so­ci­ates of PEPs) are not el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply’.”

Mrs Sci­cluna ap­plied any­way, but was de­clined due to her be­ing a family mem­ber of a PEP.

The in­junc­tion re­quest states that her rights were prej­u­diced, and the al­leged re­struc­tur­ing was done just to change the rules to ex­clude Mrs Sci­cluna from the process.

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