A private school teacher who filed a compensation claim against a school for terminating his job contract after pupils and parents complained about his improper social media activity was denied in court. The instructor refuted claims of immoral behaviour on social media, alleging that his account had been hacked.
According to court papers, the instructor, who worked at the Abu Dhabi private school, filed a case against the institution and two of its officials, claiming Dh501,000 in compensation for the material and moral losses he incurred as a result of degrading him and ruining his name.
According to him, the second and third defendants issued him a letter terminating his employment contract for no legitimate cause. The plaintiff claimed that the school, represented by the second and third defendants, had harmed his reputation by suspending him and demanding that he hand over the school computer.
According to the instructor, news of his dismissal was also posted on the school’s bulletin board, and the defendants branded him as “morally unfair to the truth,” which harmed his reputation at the school and humiliated him.
The instructor had previously filed a labour complaint against the school for wrongful dismissal, and the Abu Dhabi labour court of first instance ordered the school administration to pay him Dh58,000 and an economy class jet ticket upon his departure.
He then filed a civil lawsuit seeking compensation at the Abu Dhabi Family and Civil Administrative Claims Court, which dismissed his case due to a lack of evidence proving that the school’s investigations into misconduct on social media, which were conducted in response to complaints from students and parents, were incorrect.