In a landmark judgement, the Appeals Court of Qatar has ordered a Doha-based trading and contracting company to pay QR54,009 as end of service benefits and QR2,350 as notice pay to one of its former employees.
Parambath Majeed had challenged the decision of his employers not to pay him gratuity and notice pay while terminating his service without assigning any specific reasons. After Majeed had worked for the company for 22 years, from April 1979 to May 28, 2001, the company informed him that his service has been terminated. Though clause 5 of the contract between Majeed and his employer mentioned service benefits as per Qatar labour laws, Majeed was not paid any gratuity. His plea for end-of-service benefits was turned down by the Labour Department and the civil court as "he was an expatriate employee working for a national firm and his contract did not specifically mention payment of gratuity". Majeed, speaking from his home town in Kannoor, Kerala, told Gulf Times yesterday that as per the legal advice of Advocate Sajitha Nizar, he filed a case at the Qatar Civil Court claiming QR2,350 as notice pay, QR53,735 as gratuity and QR500,000 as compensation for termination from service without any reasons at an unsuitable time. The company later deported him.