The Department of Labour has welcomed the resignation of Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti.

Lamberti stepped down as CEO, just days after he left the Eskom Board and Business Leadership SA.

The Progressive Professionals Forum had also accepted Lamberti’s resignation earlier this month and said that him stepping down was “long overdue.”

Last month, the High Court ruled in favour of a former Imperial employee, after Lamberti referred to her as female employment-equity.

According to a statement issued by Imperial, Lamberti expressed his regrets for the remarks.

Damages in the case will be confirmed in due course.

Osman Arbee, a senior executive at Imperial Holdings, will replace Lamberti as CEO.

Chief Director for Labour Relations at the Department of Labour, Thembinkosi Mkalipi says, “When people are caught out doing unethical things they should resign to show their remorse, that’s what society requires. As a department, we should appreciate the fact that our legal system works. People should follow this and go to court.”