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Tue 26 Jan 2010 08:41 AM

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New Bahrain labour law to give workers more rights

Firms will be prosecuted for firing staff members because of their race, sex or religion.

Private sector companies in Bahrain which discriminate against employees on grounds of their sex, race or religion will be prosecuted under proposed new laws.

According to a report in Gulf Daily News, companies will also face legal action if they fire staff members for getting married or accepting community roles.

"Sacking or other action against employees because of their race, colour, gender or sect, will become illegal with the introduction of the new law," Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi told Sharia Council members.

"It means that if tomorrow someone buys a firm and decides to fire white or dark employees because he doesn't want or like them, he would be prosecuted."

The new Private Sector Law is currently being discussed by the council. Once introduced, it will offer further protection to employees working in the private sector.

Companies will not be allowed to dismiss a member of staff because of their race, sex, or religion, also if they get married, or in the case of female employees, become pregnant.

"The law would also work in favour of someone who is married to a relative of the employer, then decides to marry a second wife and because of that he gets sacked," Al Alawi told council members.

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Jake 9 years ago

Does this "new" law include migrant workers? I thought that Bahrain labor law only includes Bahraini citizens.