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Dubai Firm Ordered to Compensate Employee with Dh200,000 for False Accusation Resulting in Travel Ban

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on March 21, 2024, 10:55:12


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The Civil Court in Dubai has ruled in favour of an employee, ordering a company to pay Dh200,000 in compensation. The employee was falsely accused by the company of forging contract papers to inflate entitlements, leading to a nine-month travel ban.

The court's decision follows a lawsuit filed by the employee against the company, seeking Dh500,000 in damages. He alleged that the company lodged a baseless complaint to coerce him into forfeiting his labour rights.

The false accusation, the employee argued, not only caused emotional distress but also prevented him from visiting his ailing mother and attending her funeral in his home country.

According to local media reports, the company had alleged that the employee falsified his employment contract to raise his basic salary to Dh20,000 from Dh5,000. However, the Criminal Court acquitted the employee, deeming the company's complaint malicious and solely intended to deprive him of his labor rights.

In addition to the Dh200,000 compensation, the Civil Court ordered the defendants to pay five per cent legal interest and cover all expenses, fees and attorney's fees. The court emphasised the financial and emotional toll on the employee, who faced financial hardship due to the travel ban, which prevented him from bidding farewell to his deceased mother and constrained his ability to secure employment amidst the criminal case.

The employee has been provided with a copy of the acquittal judgment as evidence of his innocence

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