Court dismisses Meta’s bid to challenge order stopping it from sacking Nairobi content moderators
A Kenyan court on Wednesday dismissed
an application by Meta challenging an order blocking the
social media giant and its content moderating partner Sama from laying off the entire workforce at the latter’s Nairobi office.
In the interim order issued last week, the
court barred the Facebook parent company
or Sama from firing the workers, pending this week’s hearing to determine the
legality of the redundancy.
It followed a March 17
lawsuit by 43 moderators at Facebook’s Nairobi moderation hub, who sued Meta
and its outsourcers for sacking the entire workforce and blacklisting the
Meta tried to have the orders struck down, but the court on
Wednesday ruled that the injunction is
extended until the legality of the redundancy is determined.
The order stops Meta, from switching suppliers to Majorel because
the case argues that the switch is being carried out in a discriminatory way. ,
also blocks the companies from refusing to recruit qualified content moderators
on grounds that they were previously engaged through the Sama.
outgoing moderators accuse the companies of operating a ‘blacklist’ of all
ex-Sama moderators as punishment for organising.
moderators who applied for the “new” positions with Majorel say they were
unsuccessful, despite their expertise and experience.
court was told there were messages between moderators and Majorel’s recruiters,
instructing them not to hire any moderators previously employed by Sama.
Sama announced in January that it was laying off all 260
content moderators working at Facebook’s moderation hub in Nairobi andat the end of March.
Meta in January also tried
to have the case struck down, arguing that the local employment
and labour relations court had no jurisdiction over it because it is neither
based in nor trades in Kenya.
But the court in February said
Meta can be sued in Kenya and declined to strike out the tech giant from the
The matter will be heard on April
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