‘I turned up for first day of work and was told my ser­vices were no longer needed’

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“An of­fer let­ter is just a prom­ise for a job, this means that legally this doc­u­ment doesn’t have any real value. I’m afraid that you cant do any­thing for such stupid com­pany & man­age­ment. It’s much bet­ter for you to look for an­other op­por­tu­nity. Good luck.”

SAMY

“This is the UAE - fur­ther­more, this is Dubai … you are not go­ing to get any help … that’s not even a joke!!!” RD

“Re­ally sorry. This is aw­ful. Plus you must have stopped your job search as you had found a job and lost a lot of time. I am sure this is not le­gal. Or at least it should not be. Maybe you can check with the labour depart­ment.”

SORRY

“This hap­pened to me also - first day at work af­ter wait­ing over two months from the writ­ten of­fer. They wouldn’t pay com­pen­sa­tion, so I took le­gal ad­vice and they said that based on all com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the writ­ten of­fer, is­suance of a visa in their name etc, that this con­sti­tuted a clear es­tab­lish­ment of con­tract. I was ad­vised that I should sue for 4 months of com­pen­sa­tion - 2 for the time since the of­fer, and two for the time it would take me to find and start a new job, and that I would win in court. How­ever, the lawyer also said that it could take up to 18 months to go through the court. In the end, af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tion, I ac­cepted a cheque im­me­di­ately for 2.5 months ba­sic salary (not in­clud­ing al­lowances). But the pres­sure I put on them worked in this case.”

MJ

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