A bike technician has sued Eat n Go Limited for N20m over what he termed the unlawful termination of his employment by the eatery after he sustained an injury leading to “partial permanent disability.”
Gideon Idi, in the suit filed before the National Industrial Court, Lagos by his lawyer, Mr John Nwoku, said he was employed by Eat and Go Limited “to man and maintain all the bikes/motorcycles in their restaurant outlets used for delivery of foods to their customers.”
He said he was assigned to cover three outlets of the restraint in Apapa, Yaba and Surulere/Ajose Adeogun areas of Lagos State.
He claimed that in the course of duty on October 8, 2018, he had an accident and sustained severe internal injuries that led to his being hospitalised.
He alleged that he was abandoned by the defendant without care or payment of the medical bill.
He said on going back to work in July 2019, he was stopped from entering the company “and despite several attempts by the claimant to continue to work, he was prevented from working without further information or payment of salary till date.”
Idi is urging the court to declare that the treated meted out to him by Eat n Go Limited “amount to a flagrant and violent violation of the contract of employment between parties and as such wrongful, unlawful, illegal, null, void and of no effect whatsoever, being contrary to the provisions of labour law.”
He also urged the court to declare that “terminating the claimant’s employment after he sustained injuries leading to partial permanent disability in the cause of performing his duty in the employment of the defendant is wrongful, illegal and against international labour standard, therefore derogatory, disparaging, dehumanising, injurious to his employability power and a violent violation of the claimant’s right to dignity of person, dignity to be gainfully employed and capable of denial of future employment.”
Idi prayed the court to award N20,000,000.00 against the defendant in his favour as “aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages for the breach of contract of employment and labour statutes which affects the Labour rights of the claimant.”
The court has yet to fix hearing date for the suit.