Sunday, May 29, 2011

Worker wins damages against firm

Company ordered to pay employee Dh111,000 for lost job.

An Abu Dhabi court of cassation ordered a local company to pay Dh111,000 in damages for an employee after it failed to respect its work offer for him, resulting in the loss of his previous job, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The worker told court that he had resigned from his job at another company after receiving a job offer from the new employers, who also committed to issuing him a new visa and a labour card, Emirat Alyoum Arabic language daily said.

After he quit his first job and cancelled his visa, he was told by the new company that the offer to start his new job in October 2008 had been cancelled because of the global financial crisis, the paper said.

His lawyer told court that the company’s action resulted in the loss of his client’s job and his health insurance, adding that this has had adverse social and psychological effects on him.

The court upheld previous sentences by two courts and dismissed argument by the company’s lawyers that the case should be referred to the labour court.

“The court also said that it is not compelled to consider a letter without evidence from the company that it had taken this measure because of the difficult economic conditions at that time,” the paper said.