Cameroon: U.S. palm oil company fined $4.6m in discrimination suit | 8 January 2014

Aerial view of the Herakles concession in Cameroon. Taken in June 2013.

Herakles Farms, an American agribusiness company, has been ordered to pay $4.6 million by a court in Cameroon over alleged discrimination in its hiring practices, reports APA.  Herakles, which was recently awarded 20,000 hectares of land in southwestern Cameroon for oil palm plantations, allegedly dismissed Blessed Okoye from his position as president of financial operations at Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC), the company’s local subsidiary. A judge in Limbe, Cameroon, ruled the dismissal was illegal, noting that Okoye’s replacement — an Australian — had no experience in accounting or management…

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