Mexico: Harmon Hall-07/San Luis Potosi

Date Filed
04 Mar 2014
Status
Closed
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Mexico

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Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
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Compliance
CURRENT Status
Assessment

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Former Teacher

Concerns

Unjust dismissal, unfair treatment and withheld benefits

Cross-Cutting Issues
Labor

Project Information

Region
Latin America & the Caribbean
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Harmon Hall 29753
Company
Harmon Hall Holding, S.A. de C.V.
Sector
Health and Education
Department
Other
Category
B
Commitment

$7.9 million equity

Synopsis

Complaint

Harmon Hall is a large English language school chain in Mexico, with a network of 110 English schools in 63 cities and over 40,000 students in the entire system. Harmon Hall also has two K-12 schools and plans to grow this business line. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provides Harmon Hall with an equity investment that consists of two components: (i) the purchase of a selling shareholder’s shares and (ii) a capital increase in Harmon Hall to finance the expansion plans of the company over a period of 18 months. IFC will provide a $7.9 million equity investment. 

CAO received a complaint raising concerns about what the complainant feels was unjust dismissal and withheld benefits. The complainant further alleges general unethical and unfair treatment of teachers by school management. This is the seventh complaint regarding Harmon Hall. To view details of the other complaints click on the links below. 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in March 2014.  During the assessment phase, the parties resolved their differences to their mutual satisfaction through direct interaction of their respective lawyers.  Consequently, CAO concluded its involvement and closed the case.  The process is documented in an Assessment and Conclusion Report

Status

The case is closed

 Updated September 8, 2014

 

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Assessment Report(s)
    Harmon Hall-07 Assessment Report
    Sep 04, 2014
    English
    Harmon Hall-07 Assessment Report
    Harmon Hall-07 IFC Formal Response
    Aug 13, 2014
    English
    Harmon Hall-07 IFC Formal Response