Kenya: Equity Bank dismisses employee for allegedly sexual harassing beneficiaries of bank's charity program
Author: James Kariuki, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 7 November 2018
"Equity Bank top manager replaced over sexual harassment claim"
A top manager at Equity Bank linked to sexual harassment of interns has been replaced after accusations against him were made public in Facebook posts last month. The manager whose identity was not disclosed is accused of making inappropriate advances towards female interns under the Equity Leaders Programme — which offers internship in the bank branches and scholarships in top global universities. The bank, through its designate chairman David Ansell will Wednesday post a statement in Facebook indicating that the manager has been dismissed. This followed month-long investigations after the interns through social media posts on October 3 made sexual harassment allegations against the manager.
“The Group is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of both the claimants and the accused. This said, the Group has taken necessary measures in line with its policies and procedures, including disciplinary measures, and in some cases termination/separation of employment of certain staff,” a statement signed by Mr Ansell said. “Furthermore, we confirm that the claimants who presented their concerns have been individually contacted and informed of the outcome of the process, and offered all necessary support.” Sexual harassment at the workplace was thrust to the global limelight recently after tech giant Google revealed that in the past two years 48 people including 13 senior managers were fired for similar offences.