AHL announces probe into sexual allegations against chairman

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 14, CMC – Angostura Holdings Limited (AHL) says it will appoint a three-member committee to probe allegations of sexual harassment involving its chairman, Dr. Rolph Balgobin, a former independent legislator and President of the Trinidad and Tobago manufacturers Association.
Balgobin has denied the allegation that was first made in November by a female executive.
According to a statement issued by the company, the board of directors unanimously resolved that a committee of three independent persons will be appointed to carry out an impartial investigation into the allegations.
The statement said the meeting was adjourned to confirm that all arrangements regarding the appointment of the investigators have been put in place.
In November 2016, the senior female executive filed a police report alleging sexual advances by the company’s chairman.
That same month, the employee filed a whistleblower complaint, through her lawyer Alexei McKell, to the audit committee of Angostura and the board of its parent company, CL Financial Limited (CLF).
Balgobin became chairman of CLF in May 2016, at which time he also assumed the chairmanship duties at Angostura and Home Construction Limited (HCL).
The employee alleged the incidents took place on August 17 and September 14, 2016 after two work-related meetings.
In a bid to bolster her complaint against Balgobin, the employee submitted to a polygraph by Accredited Polygraph Services, on November 3, which she attached to her complaint to both her employer and CLF.
Earlier this month, Balgobin, resigned his directorships at Massy Holdings and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB).
His resignations come on the heels of a Trinidad Express investigative series into allegations of sexual harassment against himn, spanning a decade, which have engulfed three boards and their directors—ALJGSB, Massy Holdings and CL Financial (CLF).
Earlier this week,  workers and the members of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) marched on AHL’s  office, calling on Balgobin to resign as chairman over the allegations.

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