How TOTAL sacked female employee who was battling brain surgery, disability

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Mrs. Ozobeme says her employer showed no mercy as she fought to stay alive in various hospitals.

After returning from emergency brain surgery in Malaysia in 2015 on her husband’s credit card, Oghenero Ozobeme, who hails from Orogun, Delta State, was given the cold treatment by her employer TOTAL E&P, and reminded that her job was on the line.

On April 30, 2020–and smack in the middle of COVID-19 induced lockdowns and restrictions–TOTAL told Ozobeme, one of its exceptional staff, that her services were no longer required.

“I was sacked just after the delivery of vital subpoena to top management staff of TOTAL to appear and testify in court,” Ozobeme says.

“My termination letter was delivered to me at home on the 29th of April 2020 while observing the COVID-19 restrictions. It came directly from the Managing Director.

“In fact, the line manager had assigned tasks to me on that 29th of April as I worked from home….” she says, tears welling up in her eyes.

Wrong diagnosis

Ozobeme says her relationship with TOTAL became frosty after a wrong medical diagnosis.

In 2006, she presented details of extended missed periods and negative pregnancy to TOTAL, she says.

She was sent for pregnancy test and abdominal scan instead of a hormonal assay test.

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