Court orders Fire Service to reinstate, pay Ghc100,000 to 2 employees it sacked for getting pregnant

An Accra High Court has ordered the Ghana Fire Service to pay 100,000 cedis as compensation to two former women employees who were dismissed for getting pregnant within three years of their appointment.

The court presided over by Anthony K Yeboah has also ordered the Service to reinstate the two-Grace Fosu, Thelma Hammond- and pay them all arrears due them during their period of dismissal.

In a landmark judgment that will ensure gender equality in the country’s fire service, the judge averred Regulation 33 (6) of the Fire Service Conditions of Service is discriminatory.

The Regulation states: “A female employee shall not be dismissed on the ground that she is pregnant provided she has served the first three years.”

In otherwords, women employees of the National Fire Service must defer their pregnancies until after three years of being employed.