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Compensation paid to staff employed by former UAE ambassador

Three Filipina workers at former diplomat's house in Dublin were paid $212 per month to work 15 hours a day

Compensation paid to staff employed by former UAE ambassador
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Ireland Khalid Nasser Lootah.

Three domestic workers employed at the former UAE ambassador’s house in Dublin have been paid the €80,000 ($86,835) each they were awarded as part of constructive dismissal judgment by the Irish Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The Irish Times newspaper reported that the three women, Myra Calderon, Laylanie Laporga and Jennifer Villaranda, have been paid the compensation awarded to them last year.

The tribunal heard in November how the three Filipina workers were forced to work 15 hours a day, seven days a week for $212 per month. Always on call, they also had their passports taken away from them.

With the support of the Migrants Rights Centre in Dublin, the three women took the case against then UAE ambassador, Khalid Nasser Rashed Lootah, and his wife, Mehra Metad Alghubaisi, neither of whom attended the hearing.

The three workers were hired through a recruitment agency, and had previously worked for the ambassador in the UAE, before travelling to Ireland with his family in 2011.

In her ruling, Tribunal chairwoman Niamh O’Carroll Kelly said if the women were earning the Irish minimum wage, working the same hours, they would have been paid $58,000 each.

A spokeswoman for the Migrants Rights Centre confirmed to the Irish Times that all issues relating to the case had been resolved “to the satisfaction of all parties involved”.

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Marc Z 5 years ago

How can people be treated like this in this day and age? I thought Slavery had been abolished long time ago. Perhaps I did not read properly.

Red Snappa 5 years ago

We as foreigners, both employers and employees, have to behave in accordance with the labour laws of the UAE, so UAE diplomats must do the same in the country's in which they reside. Diplomatic immunity does not apply to residential related employees/staff anyway. Also they should be given local employment contracts to be lodged with local authorities in Ireland in this case.

abdulrahman mohamed 5 years ago

Whats wrong with Arabs and Muslims? They are supposed to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who came to teach them mercy. These are the wealthiest humans on earth and still they do not have the decency to respect basic human rights. They would go and easily blow millions of dollars on petty stuff and still do not want to pay their "slaves" a decent salary.