The North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) has been fined $20,000 for contempt of court after it failed to fully reinstate a senior manager following the settlement of his lawsuit over his suspension.
In 2019, the Public Services Association (PSA) took legal action against the NCRHA after Security Services manager Adesh Deonarine was put on administrative leave with basic pay for 21 months by the authority’s chief executive officer Davlin Thomas.
In the claim before the Industrial Court, the union was contending that Deonarine’s protracted suspension without disciplinary charges being instituted was oppressive, procedurally unfair and in breach of good industrial relations practice.
In March, the NCRHA conceded the case and agreed to reinstate the manager by April 16, pay him $100,000 in compensation and his outstanding allowances.
The union brought the subsequent contempt of court proceedings six weeks after Deonarine returned to work and was transferred from his office at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex to a smaller one at the Caura Hospital.
His former responsibility over several hospitals, under the management of the authority, remained with the colleague, who was appointed to act in the post while he was on suspension.
After hearing extensive submissions from the union and the NCRHA, Industrial Court Judges Herbert Soverall, Lawrence Achong, Michelle Austin and Vincent Cabrera upheld the application, on Tuesday.
In addition to issuing the fine, the NCRHA was also ordered to pay $10,000 in further compensation to Deonarine, who has since been fully reinstated as sought by the union.
The union was represented by Larry Lalla, while Michael Quamina and Clayton Hackett represented the NCRHA.