The litigation department in Ibrahim & Partners has emerged victorious, representing a high-profile employee against a major tech company, Huawei. The case centered around an offer retraction made by the employer during the employee notice period from his previous work. Despite an initial dismissal from the Court of First Instance, the litigation team remained steadfast in their pursuit and developed an exceptional strategy, focusing on the compensation for prejudices arising from the offer retraction.
REDEFINING THE CONCEPT OF EMPLOYMENT OFFER RETRACTION
Before this case, Dubai courts direction used not to support the employee claiming compensation in similar situations. Therefore, in the period between the notice period of the employee from his previous work and the effective start date of his new employment contract, the employee remained without protection for all the risks he took. By focusing on the prejudices occurring due to the offer retraction and the legitimate expectations arising from the employer’s offer, the firm sought to establish a precedent that would have far-reaching implications in the employment landmark.
RULING IN FAVOR OF THE EMPLOYEE
The court, after careful examination of the team’s arguments, decided in favor of the employee, recognizing the importance of damages resulting from an offer retraction. As a result, Huawei was compelled to pay the employee compensation for the period starting from the date of the effective start of the employment contract until the employee found another job. This outcome stands, therefore, as a significant triumph of the firm’s client, as well as a landmark judgment in Dubai’s employment field.
This judgment represents a landmark case for the employment landscape. By proving the employee compensation for the offer retraction, the litigation team has granted the employees relief for the abusive practices of the employers, who take such actions without regards for the legitimate expectations that their promises create. Therefore, through their unwavering commitment to their clients and their dedication to delivering justice, the litigation team opened the door for prejudiced employees to seek protection from Dubai Courts.
The firm’s recent triumph falls in line with a string of victories in employment cases, establishing the firm as one of the leading players in the region in this type of cases. Such success can only be achieved through the team’s dedication, competence, and professionalism towards its clients, culminating in creating a legal precedent that could affect the relationship between employers and employees in the years to come.
For additional information or details regarding this successful court judgment, kindly reach out to:
Mohamed Abdelrehiem – Partner
Head of Dispute Resolution Department
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