Corazon Tarcena, 53, has been terminated from her work in Dubai over a media interview.


Dubai expat loses job after asking for help


DUBAI – A Filipina receptionist in Dubai was fired from work after she asked the public for help through a story published in UAE-based newspaper Gulf News.

Corazon Tarcena, 53, had reached out to Gulf News hoping that readers would help her with her bills after the coronavirus pandemic left her in a “no work, no pay” situation.

In a May 14 interview with the newspaper, Tarcena said the garage company where she worked in the last 12 years had closed and that she did not receive her salary since March.

The Filipina said she has spent “sleepless nights”, with no money to pay for her house rent, loan and living expenses.

She called it her worst experience in her 14 years of stay in the UAE. Tarcena arrived here in 2006 from Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines where she worked as a teacher.

On Tuesday (May 26), Gulf News reported that the Filipina was dismissed from her work after her employer found out that she gave an interview that allegedly put her company in a bad light.

In a letter given to Tarcena on May 17, the company’s general manager said she has been terminated from work over the “article written in Gulf News” that allegedly made “unfair and damaging image” to the company. The article, however, did not mention the name of the company.

When sought for comment, the general manager told Gulf News that Tarcena lied about not receiving her salary. Tarcena reportedly received housing allowance of Dh1,050.

Meanwhile, UAE-based lawyer Barney Almazar said Tarcena’s termination was illegal under the UAE Labour Law, which considers it an arbitrary dismissal “if the cause for such termination has nothing to do with work”.

Almazar said that under the law, employers who arbitrarily dismiss employees will be asked by the court to pay for compensation equivalent to up to three months’ worth of salary.

It is not clear whether Tarcena will pursue legal action against her employer on the matter. ICA/Expat Media

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