Thursday, April 21, 2005
In the case, Wyeth SA v. Manqele, the plaintiff was hired under a written employment contract, with actual employment to start later. The plaintiff's contract was subsequently terminated for alleged dishonesty before the date that employment was to start. When the plaintiff sued in the Labour Court, the employer moved to dismiss on the grounds that he was not an "employee."
The court disagreed, holding that "employee" includes anyone who is a party to a valid employment contract, whether or not actual performance under the contract has begun.