Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Labour Court has ordered a semi-government company to pay four Emiratis a total compensation of Dh550,766 for arbitrarily dismissing them from their jobs.
The court also told the company to pay them their end of service entitlements, experience certificates and reinstate them with dignity if they are willing to continue working.
The court ordered the information technology company to pay Shaimaa Al Beloushi Dh256,100 and provide her end of service benefits.
In the second case, the court directed the company to pay Adel Hosani Dh134,933 and certificates of work experience and end of service.
In the third case, the court told the company to pay Fatima Za’abi Dh83,500 and an additional five per cent from the date of the her claim until the date of the judgement, and also provide her with a work certificate.
In the fourth case, the court awarded Shamsa Salem Al Nabhani a compensation of Dh76,233 with an interest of five per cent from the date of the plaintiff’s claim until the date of the judgement. The court ordered the company to bear all costs of the four cases and make the payments without any delay.
The court rejected all claims of the company. Ali Khalaf Al Hosani, the lawyer who took over the case, said: “The four citizens, including three women — one of them holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with honours — filed their case at the end of the first half of this year in the Labour Department of the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for arbitrary dismissal by the company.”
Al Hosani said: “The termination of the employees’ services without giving any substantial reasons constitutes an arbitrary dismissal and is not approved by the laws and regulations of the country.” The company also failed to conduct exit interviews and give reasons for their termination.
It could not prove any negligence, lack of performance at work, non-commitment to working hours or low productivity of the employees.
Al Hosani argued that if the company’s claim regarding its financial conditions was correct, it would have first reduced the number of highly-paid foreign employees and not the citizens. However, it gave higher positions to non-citizen employees and increased their salaries, which appeared surprising, he said.