Can my company terminate me for a fight I had outside work?

The argument between the questioner and an employee of another company was not work related, but his employer is threatening penalty and cancellation of visa

  • Posted by Bassam Za'Za', Legal and Court Correspondent
  • Published: 14:36 May 16, 2013

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I have worked in a company for more than two years; last month I had a fight with a person while I was at his company resident. A week after, my company learned about this issue and currently  investigating with me with regards to this issue the problem between me and that person was personal and has nothing to do with any of the two companies its regarding to some issue happened in our countries. I was informed by my company manager that I might be subject to disciplinary penalty and might cancel my visa as well. My question here is the company entitled, in accordance with Labour Law, to impose penalty punishment against me and terminates me for an issue occurred outside the company and is not related to the company? Please advise me in this regard.

I would like to clarify to the questioner that article 109 of Federal Labour Law no. 8 of 1980 states the following: “No disciplinary penalty maybe imposed on a worker for any act committed by him outside the workplace, unless such act is connected with the work, the employer or the responsible manager .It shall also be unlawful to impose more than one penalty or to combine a disciplinary penalty with a deduction of part of the worker’s remuneration , as provided for in article 61 of this law.

Questions answered by Advocate Mohammad Al Shaiba, of Al Shaiba Advocates and Legal Consultants

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