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Prostitute Sues Over "Unfair Dismissal" 17

Posted by samzenpus
from the painful-employment dept.
A South African prostitute known only as "Kylie" has decided she's not going to take her firing lying down. She has gone to court, claiming she was unfairly released from her job at a massage parlor. The problem for Kylie is that prostitution is illegal in South Africa so the judge at the labour appeals court has expressed his doubts about the legality of a person engaged in illegal activity challenging a dismissal. "When dismissed you are made to stop with something criminal... but then you say 'please protect me from someone who is stopping me from doing something criminal' — it doesn't makes sense to me," Judge President Raymond Zondo said.

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Prostitute Sues Over "Unfair Dismissal"

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  • Kylie, who was sacked in 2003 after working for ten years at Brigitte's Massage Parlour After ten years, she was most likely too old to satisfy their clients' discerning tastes in "massage". Seriously, if you're in that line of work, you better already have an alternative career path planned out!
    • One could say the same about IT workers.

      • by Nutria (679911)

        One could say the same about IT workers.

        They could, but they'd be wrong: I've been in IT for 20 years.

        Unknowingly, though, and echoing one of the earlier posts, I stumbled into a programmer's exit strategy by becoming a DBA to fill a need in the office.

      • That only applies if (like the hooker) you're a low level worker in a two bit outfit, I'm 50 and have been in "IT" for 20yrs, the guy who sits next to me is a 35yr veteran, in fact where I work we don't hire developers with less than 10yrs experience.
  • So criminals don't have rights now? Was it in fact illegal to discriminate against her for criminal acts such as prostitution? If it is Then it does it really matter if she committed a crime, the law says she is protected. Otherwise there is no case. And from the article "The woman, known as "Kylie", alleged that the massage parlour's boss dismissed her for choosing her clients and for spending time with her boyfriend, who did not pay for her services." Then somehow in the next sentence it mentions pros
    • I am not familiar with SA law, but in US law this would be thrown out and she'd be in jail. (I personally think prostitution should be legalized, but that doesn't change how things would be handled right now.) This is like those idiots who go to the police and report that their cocaine has been stolen. No law enforcement organization is going to help somebody break the law, whether that's possession of a controlled substance (if it were returned, the 'victim' of theft would immediately be guilty of criminal
      • by vxice (1690200)
        There was no mention of prostitution charges, she claimed that she had been fired for choosing clients and servicing her boyfriend without charge never mentioning prostitution except to note that it is illegal. Now if that is true and she was a prostitute it would seem as if the 'parlor' was sanctioning prostitution and they would be just as guilty. If she was 'working' outside of her job as a prostitute my question still stands, is a prostitution charge something you can fire an employee for in South Af
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