Monday, May 22, 2017

OFW wins case vs. Bahraini employer, collects unpaid wages

The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed a petition filed by a Bahraini hospital against the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) order for it to pay an OFW his withheld salary.
Joselino Caraos will soon receive his wages from the International Hospital (IH) in Bahrain, which filed the petition after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an attached agency of DOLE, discovered that the hospital failed to honor several stipulations on his contract.
In its decision, the CA said it did not find any "grave abuse of discretion on the part of the DOLE which would authorize this appellate court to substitute its own ruling over that of DOLE."
"There was ample evidence to support the findings of the said administrative agency," the CA said.
Caraos filed a complaint with the POEA when the hospital did not honor the hours, salary, and other benefits declared on his contract as a medical assistant in IH's pediatrics division.
When POEA discovered the violations, IH filed a counter suit with the CA claiming Caraos made the complaint to stop them from filing a case against the OFW for not completing his contract.
The suit would have prevented DOLE and POEA from collecting Caraos' wages from the hospital.
CA junked suit in March and continued to rule based on procedural and substantive grounds.
DOLE's legal division will help Caraos claim his wages and other monetary claims through conciliation and mediation. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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