The High Court this week adjourned the unfair dismissal suit brought against the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) by its former Director of Information Technology and Solutions Mark Taitt.
Taitt, whose position was made redundant on June 30 this year, is claiming that his dismissal from the regional financial institution was contrary to the law.
The matter came before Madame Justice Sonia Richards on Thursday.
However, it was adjourned, with attorneys on both sides due to present written submissions by November 10.
So far, the bank has flatly refused to acknowledge the writ served on it, claiming it has immunity from prosecution, as well as its governors and directors, their alternates and the officers and employees “for acts performed by them in their official capacity, except when the institution waives such immunity”.
However, Taitt’s attorney Hal Gollop, QC, is maintaining that this is not the case.
In fact, Gollop told Barbados TODAY he was also prepared to take the matter before the Employment Rights Tribunal with a view to having a declaration made that the CDB is subject to the laws of Barbados under the Caribbean Development Bank Act Chapter 323.
Gollop, while maintaining that the bank is liable to a number of contractual obligations and cannot lay claim to any immunity from the domestic law, is also asking for legal costs for his client.
The bank is being represented by Queen’s Counsel Garth Patterson.