In a legal battle at the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda, the West Indies Oil Company Limited (WIOC) has secured a victory over Lawrence Gonsalves, a service station operator.
The dispute centered on the operation of a service station located on Friars Hill Road, where Gonsalves had been the Managing Operator for nearly 44 years.
WIOC asserted ownership of the property and issued Gonsalves an eight-month notice of contract termination.
Gonsalves requested an extension, which was granted until August 31, 2023, but also sought a goodwill payment of approximately EC$1.5 million and EC$372,000 for employee severance.
WIOC refused, citing no obligation to make these payments.
They maintained that Managing Operators retained profits during the contract and that severance payments were the employer’s responsibility, in this case, Gonsalves.
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