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UAE: Can an employer slash your salary without your consent?

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I am writing on behalf of a friend who is working as a sales executive in a Dubai-based company. Ever since she got pregnant, she has been mentally pressured and harassed by her boss.

Despite achieving sales targets before deadlines, her company says they are not doing well because of her poor performance. Further, they have sent an email demoting her position. It is evident that she is being targeted and she has not received incentives for the last two months. The company wants her to sign the demotion documents for approval. They also want to reduce her basic salary and housing. Also, to clarify, her basic was less than her housing transportation – it was not a 60-40 ratio. She cannot survive if her salary is reduced from Dh9,000 to Dh4,000. When she consulted the labour call centre, they said the company can do this or even have right to terminate her. Is this true?

Pursuant to your queries, your friend’s employer cannot reduce her salary and change her designation without her written consent. If the employer wants to reduce the salary and change the designation, they should enter into a fresh employment contract signed by both parties and it needs to be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the ‘Ministry’) for approval.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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