Claiming labour rights

Former employee seeks salary and compensation after arbitrary dismissal by company

  • Published: 09:24 October 30, 2010

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I worked in a company based in Sharjah; but six months ago, the company asked me to look for a job in another company due to non-availability of work for me and the unstable conditions of the company. Six months later, I returned to the company after failing to get a job in another company and I asked the employer to cancel my visa and to pay my labour dues, but he told me that I am not entitled to claim anything since I left the company for more than six months and that the law entitles the employer to terminate the employee in case of his absence from work for more than seven days without any dues. Please note that the employer did not report to the Ministry of Labour on this matter. My question here is: what is the position of the law on this matter? Am I entitled by law to claim my rights in full including salaries for the said six months during which I did not work in the company? Please provide your advice in this regard, as the company has terminated me recently.

I would like to advice the questioner, if he failed to reach an amicable solution with the employer, to file a complaint before the Ministry of Labour claiming his labour rights in full, including salaries for the said six months even if he did not work during such period, as the employer is the one who asked the questioner to look for another job and this is against the labour law.
Also, the questioner may claim for compensation for the arbitrary dismissal, as according to the law, dismissing the employee from work due to his claim for his rights is deemed as arbitrary dismissal.

Questions answered by Advocate Mohammad Ebrahim Al Shaiba of Al Bahar Advocates and Legal Consultants.