You do not hurt someone and tell them how to deal and heal, and that is exactly what Pearl Modiadie is telling his former employees with her take measures on a sexual harassment case.
Though the company would have loved to handle the matter behind closed doors, it seems Pearl has her own view of the entire matter and won’t settle for something that others expect of her instead of what she believes she deserves.
The former Metro FM presenter, Pearl, has taken the SABC to court for the amount of 3.5 million to settle a sexual harassment case she made against her former boss, Anthony Soglo. Pearl Modiadie has made it known in the claim that Anthony, the then Metro FM programmes manager had passed inappropriate sexual overtones in an email addressed to her in November 2019.
The email is said to have been in regards to booking arrangements for Pearl. The SABC however argues that Pearl should have taken the allegations to the Commission for Conciliation, Meditation and Arbitration (CCMA) instead of the high court. Although this is a matter the SABC believes can be resolved through CCMA, Pearl clearly doesn’t see it as ‘just another one of those workplace misunderstandings’.
Especially in a country like South Africa, where men feel greatly entitled to women, sexual harassment is a big issue and has seen many other women suffer at the hands of their perpetrators in workplaces. It is not a joke to harass someone, let alone in a sexual manner. Not only did the former boss break work laws and the laws of the country at large, he also went on and communicated in an unacceptable manner, via email, a communication platform with very strict rules and regulations.
The high court has approved of the case and will handle it going forward. Pearl Modiadie will not settle for the CCMA or any other way that the SABC might put in place as she has already sealed and confirmed a claim of 3.5 million from the accused.
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