The Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT, has found the Spanish-owned resort, RIU hotel Jamaica, guilty of breaching the island’s labour relations code.
This following a wrongful dismissal claim brought against the resort by a former assistant manager and Dominican national, Marianno Reyes, who was employed to the hotel for 16-years.
The IDT ruled that RIU breached the code when in 2015 it dismissed Ms. Reyes for not seeing its designated doctor after sustaining injury from a fall on the job.
Miss Reyes was fired when she refused to visit a doctor appointed by the hotel for examination following a fall and subsequent injury.
The IDT ruled on Friday that Riu was wrong when it fired Miss Reyes.
According to the IDT, a hotel policy, which mandates that an employee who’s injured on the job must be examined by a hotel-appointed doctor, did not exist prior to the employee’s injury.
The IDT says RIU also breached the labour relations code when it held a hearing without first informing its former assistant manager that the meeting could have led to her being fired.
Riu was ordered to compensate Miss Reyes the equivalent of a year’s salary. Her lawyer, Emily Shields, says the ruling sends an important signal.
Mrs. Shields says Miss Reyes told the IDT she does not wish to be reinstated.