Popular radio announcer and Assistant Television Production Manager at the National Communications Network (NCN), Isaiah Chapelle, has been interdicted and sent home pending a management evaluation. He is home without pay.
Contacted yesterday, Chapelle refused to divulge any reasons as to why he was sent packing, only to say, “I am at home with and family and I suggest you speak to NCN.”
Acting Chief Executive Officer of NCN, Raymond Azeez confirmed that Chapelle was sent home pending an evaluation meeting, after which Chapelle can either be suspended or fired altogether.
A date has not been set as yet and according to Azeez, NCN is currently seeking legal advice in the interest of fairness and transparency.
It was explained that an internal memorandum was issued to Chapelle to address some issues at the entity, but he refused to even acknowledge it. It was also pointed out that a second memorandum was sent to Chapelle in relation to the first one, as well as other matters that had developed, and he refused to acknowledge that as well as a third that was sent to him.
This publication has learnt that last Tuesday, by way of a document, Chapelle was asked to attend a disciplinary hearing by management. He refused to take the document from an Assistant Human Resources staffer which she reported to management the following day.
This publication was told that he was then verbally invited to the boardroom to meet with Azeez, the Acting Production Manager-Human Resources, as well as the acting Editor-in-Chief.
This publication was told that Chapelle refused to attend any disciplinary meeting and further, he wanted to consult with his attorney.
Chapelle was reportedly advised that since it was an internal matter thus there was no need to consult with an attorney.
He reportedly attended the meeting only after the managers agreed to remove the word ‘disciplinary’ from the process at which point in time they went through the meeting and he was requested to provide a written response.
According to reports, Chapelle refused and indicated to the managers that his lawyer advised him that he did not have to comply with the request.
This publication was told that since it was decided that Chapelle was disrupting the work of the company he was asked to leave the premises.
A document to this effect was prepared, but he refused to take the letter.
“After he left, management was advised that he should not be allowed to re-enter the compound.”
It is the opinion of the managers at NCN that Chapelle’s action constituted an act of insubordination.
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