'We were fired for rejecting boss'advances'

HARARE - Four female employees have been allegedly dismissed from a Harare accounting firm after turning down advances from the boss.

The four women claim that Phanuel Pange, the managing partner at Mazhandu and Company Chartered Accountants, proposed love to them but rejected his proposal, resulting in their subsequent dismissal.

The claims are contained in a damning letter to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe (ICAZ) by the four womens’ lawyer, Nyasha Muzuva of Mushangwe and Company law firm.

“During their stay at Mazhandu and Company, the managing partner had several improper associations with our clients, most of whom he proposed love to, which proposals were declined,” the letter reads.

“Our own inquiries with the employer reveal that the employers’ criteria of ‘‘laying off’’ was discriminative, arbitrary and void. It is our clients’ contention that the dismissal was unfair and was an infringement on the rights of women and the girl child.”

One of the women told the Daily News that Pange once called her to a private family function in the middle of the night asking her to spend “quality time” with him.

Another woman claimed that Pange would call on her mobile phone at odd hours of the night, requesting for her company. The boss is said to have got agitated after she turned down his advances.

Pange however, denied having fired the four women, saying they had a “settlement agreement” with the accounting firm.

“We have a settlement agreement with the girls, if you want the full details call their lawyer I am not obliged to comment on that,” he said before hanging up the phone.

However, the four women claim Pange’s “settlement agreement” was drafted in their absence and they have no knowledge of how the payout was calculated.

The accounting firm’s senior partner Shadreck Mazhandu promised to visit the Daily News offices but failed to do so by the time of going to print. - Helen Kadirire

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