Abu Dhabi

Expat in UAE to get Dh192,000 over arbitrary dismissal by employer

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Anbu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 5, 2020 | Last updated on October 5, 2020 at 07.21 am
arbitrary dismissal, labour court, gratuity, salary, leave allowance


The expat was earning a monthly salary of Dh24,000.

An employee whose contract was arbitrarily terminated without a warning will receive Dh192,000 in unpaid wages, gratuity and compensation.

The Abu Dhabi Labour Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling of the Court of First Instance that found the firm guilty of arbitrary dismissal. The higher court, however, reduced the compensation amount from Dh267,113.

The expat, who was earning a monthly salary of Dh24,000, said he hadn't received his wages or any end-of-service benefits. He demanded his unpaid wages, annual leave allowance, warning and overtime allowances, and compensation for arbitrary dismissal. The employee also demanded a certificate of experience from his former employer.

An accounting expert appointed by the appellant court said the total payable salary was Dh100,000, leave allowance Dh4,000 and the end of service gratuity Dh33,000. The rest of the amount granted to him is compensation for the arbitrary dismissal.

The court ruled the appellant did not provide evidence of his entitlement to overtime allowance and other claims.

The judge also said the compensation for unfair dismissal is decided by judicial authorities to "ensure justice and fairness between all parties".



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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