Former CEO of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Steve Etienne has been awarded a substantial payment via mediation, to settle his lawsuit against ECCO for wrongful dismissal
Former CEO of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Steve Etienne has been awarded a substantial payment via mediation, to settle his lawsuit against ECCO for wrongful dismissal.
Etienne was fired from his position as CEO by letter dated 14th December 2017, signed by then Board Chairman, Martin James, the main reason given for the dismissalwas “misappropriation of the financial assets of the organization”.
Etienne always strongly denied that accusation and immediately filed a lawsuit against ECCO for wrongful dismissal in accordance with the provisions of the Labour Code of St. Lucia.
ECCO filed its defence, but as the court process commenced, it was proposed that the matter be settled by mediation rather than have a full-scale trial. The defendant (ECCO) opted for mediation as a way of limiting its expenses on legal fees, damages and costs.
Etienne was always confident that he would prevail in a court of law, but he reluctantly agreed to mediation. The fact that at mediation ECCO agreed to a substantial payment to him with interest and costs in settlement of his claim vindicates him and is positive proof that ECCO’s claim of misappropriation of financial assets was totally bogus and without any basis in fact. In Mr Etienne’s estimation, his unfair dismissal was motivated by jealousy, greed and malice on the part of certain members of the Board of Directors of ECCO.
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