Zimbabwe: Protecting HIV-positive Employees from Unlawful Dismissal

Salc : Staff Writer

SALC worked with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe chapter to challenge the dismissal of a nurse from her employment due to her alleged failure to disclose her HIV status. The applicant argued that her dismissal violated her rights to privacy, dignity, and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment. Preliminary issues were argued before the Constitutional Court on 11 February 2015. In September 2017 the Court dismissed the application on procedural grounds, reverting the case to the Labour Court. In 2018, a settlement agreement was reached for compensation on the applicant’s behalf by her legal counsel, Mr Tawanda Chakabva.