The Egyptian Center obtains a ruling to compensate a journalist in “Sawt Albalad” Newspaper with EGP 50.000 for her arbitrary dismissal
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The Egyptian Center obtains a ruling to compensate a journalist in “Sawt Albalad” Newspaper with EGP 50.000 for her arbitrary dismissal

 

On February 28, 2023, South Giza Court of First Instance issued its ruling in Lawsuit No.827 of 2022 in favor of the journalist (A.M.A) against “Sawt Albalad”, compensating her with EGP 50.000 for her arbitrary dismissal and in return for the period of notice, accrued leave balance, and her delayed salary.

On March 2, 2022, the plaintiff was surprised by being prevented from entering her work without any reasons, then she went directly to the Labor Office. When amicable settlement failed, the complaint was referred to the competent Labor Court in Giza Court of First Instance, and was registered under No.827 of 2022 South Giza Labor Full Court to be considered before Circuit No.8 Labor Full Court on Tuesday.
During the deliberation of the lawsuit, the defendant’s attorney attended and submitted a secondary claim, demanding the compensation for the moral and financial damages through which the defendant suffered from the plaintiff’s absence from work.

On October 27, 2022, the Court referred the lawsuit for investigation, and during its deliberation, the newspaper’s attorney claimed that the aforementioned journalist was absent from work and called for a compensation due to the moral and financial damages occurred to the newspaper, together with asking to dismiss her due to her absence from work. However, the ECESR’s lawyers succeeded in proving that the claim was null and void through witnesses and documents.

On January 31, 2023, the Court ruled in the matter of the original lawsuit to oblige the defendant to pay EGP 15000 in favor of the plaintiff as a compensation for being arbitrary dismissed and for the moral and financial damages. Moreover, an amount of EGP 2400 for the period of notice , and EGP 19200 for the value of her collective salary from November 1, 2020 till the end of the date of work on February 28,2022. Furthermore, the Court ruled to compensate the journalist with EGP 1120 for the unused accrued leave balance.

In the matter of the counter claim, the court decided not to accept the defendant’s request in its capacity, to dismiss the journalist for absence from work, due to the absence of interest.

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