No compensation for government employee
ALMOST two months after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) issued an award in favour of a Groote Schuur hospital employee whose HIV status was disclosed without her consent, she has yet to receive the money.
The Department of Health was ordered to pay R15 000 to the employee as compensation by end of September.
The department confirmed it was aware that the employee had not been paid yet but said this would be done at the end of this month.
However, it could not explain the delay in the payment.
In granting the award in September, CCMA senior commissioner Ursula Bulbring found that the employee was subjected to unfair discrimination on the basis of her HIV status in that it was disclosed without her consent.
The arbitration which was brought before the CCMA by the National Education and Health Workers’ Union on behalf of the employee against the Department of Health challenged the efficacy of policies regarding treatment of people living with HIV/Aids and the disclosure of the status at the workplace.
The employee was seeking compensation and her sick-leave to be re-credited to her.
The employee alleged that she had told a manager in her department of her status in an attempt to explain her absenteeism from work which had become a concern to him, he in turn disclosed it to a colleague without her consent.