By Najla Banimalek, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance has ordered a recruitment agency to refund 23,000 Dhs to a resident that hired two housemaids who then ran away, before the end of their probation period.
The arab man paid the money to the recruitment agency for providing him with two Filipino maids. They worked for the family for three months before running away from his home, which breached the contract of employment for domestic workers. The contract specified that they had to work for at least 6 months before they could leave or switch jobs.
The agent working at the recruitment center refused to refund the money, and wasn’t going to replace the two maids either.
When they failed to comply, the man took the agency to court in order to settle his debt. He demanded that the agency pay him Dh37,910, which included the recruitment fees he paid for hiring the two maids, in addition to other charges.
The man presented the documents with copies of the referral documents issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, which proved that the agency failed to fulfill their agreement.
The recruitment agency argued that the contract limited the probation period to three months, which had already passed by before the two maids ran away.
The court then rejected the agency’s claims and a fee of 23,000 was given to the employer, and they were also told to pay legal fees.