A lecturer has won a court case against Maseno University after the judge ordered the institution to pay him Ksh554,400 in compensation.
In a ruling by Justice Christine Noontatua Baari, the university was asked to make the payment for unlawfully terminating the lecturer’s employment.
According to the court documents, the lecturer was hired on a part-time contract for one semester that extended to the next semester in 2018.
He was however not paid Ksh 352,800 for the first semester and Ksh201,600 for the second semester as agreed in the contract.
Students outside Maseno University gate.
The university argued that the lecturer failed to provide the necessary documents to receive his payment.
“The respondent did not deny engaging the claimant to provide the services and its only issue is that it is the claimant that did not follow the laid down procedure for processing part-time claims, hence the non-payment,” read part of the court documents.
While at the university the lecturer taught seven units in both semesters. He also evaluated and marked examinations.
His efforts to get payment from the university were futile forcing him to take legal action.
According to the university, for one to be paid they need to attach an appointment letter, a teaching timetable, a schedule of class attendance and register, and proof of grading.
The university further argued that the lecturer taught units that were not allocated to him in the second semester.
While appearing before the court, the lecturer produced a teaching timetable, exam timetables, examination mark sheets, and signed students’ class attendance lists to defend his case.
“In my view, the Claimant has by the evidence adduced before this Court, proved his case on a balance of probability, and I so hold,” the judge ruled.
Milimani Law Courts that hosts a number of courts within the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).