Odsey wins labor case versus JHMC

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Friday, June 13, 2014


ARTHUR Leonard Odsey scored against John Hay Management Corporation president and chief executive officer Jamie Eloise Agbayani after the former won his labor case filed with the National Labor Relations Commission.

Odsey filed the case of illegal dismissal at the NLRC in 2012 after he was dismissed as JHMC Public Relations Officer.

The NLRC, through labor arbiter Monroe Tabangin, ruled in favor of Odsey in a seven-page decision saying, "He [Odsey] was therefore illegally dismissed from his job and must be reinstated to his former position without loss of seniority rights apart from payment of full back wages to him from the time he was illegally dismissed up to the actual reinstatement inclusive of appurtenant labor standard benefits related to his wages."

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The NLRC has ruled to reinstate Odesy to his former position without loss of seniority rights and compelled JHMC to pay back wages from the time he was illegally dismissed up to the time of actual reinstatement totaling P662,311.45.

JHMC will also shoulder legal expenses of the counsel of Odsey in the amount of P66,231.15, while all other claims were dismissed by the NLRC.

Odsey along with other employees filed cases at the NLRC against Agbayani. Results of other cases have not been furnished the remaining former employees, as of press time. The same group likewise filed cases at the Ombudsman and the Office of the President.

"We were dismissed from employment because we stood up to Agbayani and her cohorts with their abuses of public funds and their oppression of the employees. Because of these abuses, we, along with many other employees, collectively filed cases against them with the Ombudsman and the Office of the President," Odsey said in a statement.

"One is left no recourse but to fight fire with fire. Soon after the cases were filed, many of our fellow employees who planned and signed with us were forced into retracting their signatures from the complaint. Those of us who remained were harassed; some resigned and left, while we got fired," he added.

In 2012 JHMC employees who filed corruption complaints against Agbayani feared they may face termination after their legal confessions.

JHMC tagged the acts were as a breach of the JHMC Code of Discipline punishable by termination.

Odsey belongs to a group of seventeen who filed before the Ombudsman and the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines a complaint against Agbayani for excessive spending of government funds.

"What's saddest though and most frustrating is the deafening silence and inaction of the JHMC Board of Directors, the Ombudsman, and Malacañang on all the anomalies and mismanagement in John Hay despite the overwhelming and unequivocal evidence we submitted to them. But despite all that, we are hopeful that just like in our labor cases, justice will ultimately prevail," Odsey said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 14, 2014.

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