Safaricom to pay blind man $56,000 for refusing to rent him

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A High Court in Kenya has ordered Safaricom to pay a blind man KSh6 million ($56,000) for failing to rent him after he had passed thru your total recruitment direction of.

Wilson Macharia sued the community operator to search around for compensation ensuing from his rights were violated, BusinessDaily reported. He told Justice James Makau that Safaricom declined to use him as a buyer care executive on grounds that it did no longer agree with specialised instrument to reduction him with his work.

Macharia acknowledged he spoke back to an advert by Safaricom in August 2016 for a buyer trip executive set aside, which invited qualified Kenyans regardless of “walk, coloration, faith, gender, tribal foundation, disability or age”.

Along with diversified persons living with disabilities, Macharia became once shortlisted for the job, went thru the oral interview and scientific test, after which he became once invited to tag the contract in July 2017. On the other hand, Safaricom acknowledged the invite became once spurious. 

In its defense, the telecoms firm denied discriminating in opposition to the plaintiff and argued that it allowed Macharia to be interviewed for the job nonetheless that it lacked specialised instrument that would possibly per chance maybe maybe well allow him to work.

The judge dominated that the firm violated Macharia’s rights and failed to address him with dignity as it will agree with instructed him earlier that the instrument became once unavailable in set aside of making him buckle down and do the recruitment direction of completely to later claim the letter became once sent erroneously. 

“I receive that the Respondent’s excuse to be an afterthought that became once launched dull to the detriment of the Petitioner. The Respondent knew lawful from the beginning that the Petitioner’s work called for instrument, but they took him thru all recruitment steps,” Justice Makau dominated.

There’s an extended historical past of discrimination and exclusion of persons with disabilities proper thru the field. 

The United International locations estimates that there are over 650 million people proper thru the field who are living with disabilities; 98% of kids with disabilities in developing countries enact no longer wait on faculty and the literacy rate for adults with disabilities is as low as 3%. 

Moreover, hundreds of thousands of parents with disabilities desire to get jobs nonetheless can’t get hired. Even in developed economies, they fight to receive employment.

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