Ghana fire service women fired for getting pregnant reinstated and given 100k

Ghana fire service women fired for getting pregnant reinstated and given 100k

Finally, two women to whom an Accra High Court awarded GHC 100,000 and ruled for their re-admission into the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) have been given back their jobs and paid the monies.

The two, Thelma Hammond and Grace Fosu were dismissed in 2013 and 2014 respectively, for getting pregnant.

The women's victory comes after a long legal battle with the state to have their dismissal reversed because it was against their human rights.

On January 22, 2019, the state through the Attorney-General mounted a failed last stand against the ruling by the High Court. The state's appeal was thrown but the court granted government a stay of execution.

Now, Daily Graphic has reported that both women are going to receive their monies and are expected back in the service.

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One of the women, Grace Fosu. Photo credit: CNN
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In early March of 2019, carried the story of Grace Fosu, who told it to the CNN.

Fosu said she was going to give birth at a maternity ward in Accra when she received a phone call from her employer. The message from the call was simple: she was being let go.

She was not in the place or health to go back and forth with her metropolitan fire officer who had called. After hanging up, Fosu delivered a healthy baby girl, Salamat.

But it was grief that consumed Fosu, instead of the joy of her new baby girl. She had not been expecting her dismissal.

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The Daily Graphic report said a letter by the Chief Fire Officer, Mr Edwin Blackson, to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) stated that the two fire women “have been reinstated into the service with immediate effect”.

The letter, dated March 13, 2019, accordingly, directed the two women to report to the Greater Accra Regional Fire Officer for reassignment.

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Meanwhile, CHRAJ has urged all institutions to take notice of the judgement and revise all regulations and conditions that infringe on the rights of women to reproduction and marriage, particularly banks and financial institutions in the private sector.

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