x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Worker seeks Dh6m for lack of promotion

Supreme Court rules government employee seeking compensation for lack of a promotion can have his case reheard at the appeals court.

ABU DHABI // The Federal Supreme Court ruled today that a government employee seeking Dh6 million compensation for not being promoted should have his case re-examined by the appeals court.

The employee originally took out a law suit when he was fired after asking to be promoted. The worker, who had been with the department for 14 years, was told he was unqualified. He demanded to be allowed to return to his job, to be promoted and compensated financially for the losses he suffered.

The First Instance Court ruled in his favour and accepted his demands and this verdict was then upheld by both the appeals and cassation courts. However, while the man got his job back and received financial compensation, he was still not promoted so he filed another lawsuit demanding Dh6m in compensation because his employer had not carried out the court's instructions.

The First Instance Court then ruled he should get Dh1m - a decision that was then appealed both by the worker and his department. The appeals court then rejected the worker's lawsuit and cancelled the Dh1m compensation order.

The worker then took the case to the supreme court, which ruled the case should be heard once more in the appeals court, but by a different panel of judges.