Terminated Filipina gets temporary work permit

DUBAI — A Filipina who was recently terminated by a department store for wearing hijab at the workplace or for her rude behaviour has been provided with a temporary work permit by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, according to a source from the disputes section.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 30 Dec 2004, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:04 AM

The source said that after the disputes section found that there were no logical reason for the woman’s termination, it decided to issue a temporary work permit for the terminated employee till she finds another job.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Fatima (formerly Maria Jina) said that during the court hearing on December 26, the judge asked her to bring witnesses to testify that she was terminated from her job due to wearing hijab at the workplace.

However, she couldn’t present witnesses as her colleagues who refused to appear in the court to offer their testimonies.

Her colleagues, she said, feared that they will be sacked from their jobs.

Fatima said that later, the company sent one of her colleagues, Amy — also a Filipina — to convince her to give up on the case by sending her four SMS messages in Tagalog.

When contacted, department store manager, who had terminated Fatima, said: “I’m not willing to comment on the issue any more, please contact our lawyer.” A lawyer later phoned Khaleej Times and threatened to sue the daily if it published any follow-up on the issue.

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