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Former UAE Ambassador to pay former domestic workers €80,000 each for abuse

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by Meredith McBride published Mar 09, 2015 11:36 PM
Ireland's Employment Appeals Tribunal demanded that Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah, a former ambassador from the UAE, pay his three former domestic workers after he was found to have abused them.

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A report from Ireland's Employment Appeals Tribunal found that the women were “severely underpaid, worked hours way in excess of the statutory limits, in an environment that was at times said to be abusive, violent and degrading, and most certainly lacked dignity and respect for the employees. They received little or no breaks, no leave, annual or otherwise, no bank holiday entitlements."

Each of the three women, Myra CalderonLaylanie Laporga and Jennifer Villaranda, were awarded €80,000 for suffering through the “horrific” working conditions at the home of Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah. The women, all from the Philippines, told the tribunal that their passports were confiscated and they worked 15 hour days, without rest day or holidays, and earned only €170. 

Mr. Lootah did not attend the tribunal, citing diplomatic immunity. However, he was recalled back to Abu Dhabi after the abuse allegations emerged. 

The Migrants Rights Centre handled the case on behalf of the women. 

Source: Irish Times

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