Johannesburg - Workers who falsely accuse fellow employers and fellow employees of racism could be dismissed, a senior legal advisor has warned.
Justin Hattingh, Strata-g Labour Solution’s senior legal advisor, said employers could charge workers who lied about racism in the workplace.
He said employees loosely made racial allegations against their employers, especially if an employee was facing disciplinary action.
Hatting said racism was intolerable in the South African workplace, and this was backed up with case law from the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court.
“The case of SACWU and another vs NCP Chochems (Pty) Ltd (2007, 7 BLLR 663) is such a case. The employee was attending a meeting when he unjustifiably accused a colleague of racism and threatened to call for his dismissal. The employee was then dismissed for having made a false allegation of racism.