labour rights

South Africa: Court decision for sex worker may result in state sanctioned prostitution

A decision by the Labour Appeal's Court, to overturn a 2008 ruling by the Labour Court that a sex worker is not entitled to protection against unfair dismissal as the field of work itself is criminal, could be opening up a Pandora's Box.

In effect it means that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) would need to be able to establish a quantum to compensate "Kylie" for her loss as a result of her dismissal because the alternative - ordering reinstatement - may be considered state sanctioned criminal activity.

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