The High Court in Accra has dismissed the sexual harassment allegations made by former National Service Person, Deborah Seyram Adablah, against former Chief Finance Officer, Ernest Kwasi Nimako. The court ruled that their relationship was immoral and not in conformity with societal norms. Additionally, Adablah has been ordered to pay a cost of GHc10,000, a significant reduction from the GHc50,000 initially requested by Nimako's lawyers.
Chronicle of the Case
The case began in January 2023 when Adablah took Nimako and the First Atlantic Bank to court. At that time, Nimako was serving as the CFO of the bank. However, on July 21, 2023, the bank was cleared of any wrongdoing and subsequently removed from the case, leaving Nimako as the sole defendant. The court also awarded a cost of GHc6,000 against Adablah.
One of the notable aspects of this case was the surrender of a vehicle, which was a subject matter in dispute, upon the court's order. Today's verdict signifies a legal closure to the allegations and underscores the pivotal role of the judicial process in addressing claims of misconduct within professional settings.
Other Cases of Note
Apart from this, there have been several notable cases involving allegations of sexual harassment recently. A defamation case by a retired teacher against the Waterloo Region District School Board can now proceed after an Ontario judge's ruling. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by several Huntington University athletes accusing their coach of systemic sexual assault and harassment. Also, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing a lawsuit from a former aide alleging sexual harassment during his time in office.