The Maasai Bar and Restaurant in Mombasa owned by Mr. John Forsythe, has come under scrutiny after allegations of mistreating its Kenyan staff.
According to a source who reached out to this blog, Mr. Forsythe is both corrupt and racist, and has been firing Kenyan workers without just cause, abusing and swearing at them, and offering only one-month contracts.
The source also claimed that Mr. Forsythe bribes officials from the Labour Ministry whenever they visit to inspect his behavior.
The restaurant’s Indian Chef, named Manoj, is reportedly working at the Maasai Hotel in Nyali without proper documents.
The source alleges that Mr. Forsythe bribes the immigration department to keep him in the country illegally. There are also rumors that Manoj is related to the notorious Akasha Family.
In addition, Mr. Forsythe has hired an Italian woman named Madam Eliza, who reportedly earns almost ten times more than other ordinary hard-working Kenyans at Maasai Bar and Restaurant.
The source claims that Madam Eliza is rude and racist, and makes the lives of Kenyan workers very difficult.
She is married to an Indian man who owns a security company. Prior to her employment with Mr. Forsythe, Madam Eliza worked at Yuls Beach Bar.
The source also claims that the staff at Maasai Bar and Restaurant are forced to work long hours without overtime or transportation, and must pay for their own uniforms.
The recruitment company Mr. Forsythe owns, which is used to apply for jobs, allegedly takes half of the staff’s monthly salary.
One staff member was reportedly fired for stealing an egg, despite being innocent, and not given the opportunity to tell their side of the story.
Maasai Bar and Restaurant is part of a chain owned by Mr. Forsythe that includes the the Resort Hotel, the Villa, and the Koroga.
The source claims that even Mr. Forsythe’s friends are abusive to the staff.