THE National Labour Relations Commission (NLRC) has decided in favor of 26-year-old overseas Filipino worker Rafael Alejo Ambrad, who stopped working after being permanently debilitated due to severe overwork in Qatar.
Ambrad, who hails from Cebu City, was deployed in Qatar for Medtel WN WILL through his recruitment agency Admiral Overseas Employment Corporationas carpenter/gypsum installer. He joined the company in September 2014, and during his employment was forced to do five days worth of work in only two days with only one helper (the job would normally require at least four helpers) and no lifting device, as well as installing gypsum board in extremely confined spaces.
After the work was completed, Ambrad suffered lumbar sprain, a very rare condition for young people. He can no longer lift heavy objects and will never be able to work in construction again. He resigned last March 2015 for severe pain and his company refused to provide assistance, paid sick leave or cover medical fees.
Upon returning home he filed a complaint at the NLRC with the assistance from Associated Labor Union (ALU), a BWI Philippine affiliate.
The NLRC found out that under the circumstances Ambrad’s resignation amounted to an illegal dismissal, while the respondent continually ignored his medical condition.
The NLRC ordered the respondent to pay a monetary award of QAR 20,063.83 (US$5,509).