Case Review: Right to Dignity in Labour Practices

In the case of Mrs. Linda Jokanola v Nigeria LNGLimited (Unreported), Suit No. NICN/LA/261/2013, with the judgement delivered on May 10, 2023, by Hon. Justice M.N Esowe, the claimant contested her suspension and subsequent termination from employment, asserting that it was a consequence of her refusal to undergo a DNA test to establish the maternity of her children.


The court, in its verdict, highlighted that the defendant's approach to verifying the claimant's application for maternity leave was not only improper but also unconstitutional. The court ruled that such actions violated the claimant's rights to dignity of person and private life and amounted to unfair labor practices, causing psychological harassment against the claimant (CW1).


As a remedy, the court ordered the defendant company to compensate the claimant with the sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira only) as general damages. This amount was awarded to address the victimization, harassment, and wrongful termination of her employment, emphasizing the need to safeguard the fundamental rights and dignity of individuals within the workplace. The judgement serves as a notable precedent underscoring the significance of respecting employees' rights and ensuring fair labor practices in corporate environments.