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Former employees of Madonna's charity sue for unfair dismissal

March 29, 2011 - London

Queen of Pop Madonna is being sued by former employees of her Raising Malawi charity for unfair dismissal after being sacked from her 15-million-dollar girls' academy.

The singer declared in January that she was overhauling plans for Raising Malawi, which was originally to be a school that would offer 500 scholarships to girls from poor backgrounds.

But the pop star said she realised the academy "would not serve enough children in a country where 33 percent of Malawian girls attend secondary school".

She said she wanted to "reach thousands not hundreds of girls" with education and would expand the charity's mission and change its management".

"The staff at Madonna's charity Raising Malawi accuse the singer of terminating their employment due to (a) change in strategy which had not been properly explained to them," The Telegraph quoted a court official as saying.

"The staff are demanding their terminal benefits because they think their employment was terminated without proper procedures," added the source, an official of the country's industrial relations court who spoke on condition of anonymity.


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