Calderon and Others v Lootah and anor [2014]

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    Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT)
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Issues covered: diplomatic immunity

This case was well reported in the media. It involved three Filipino women who worked for the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Ireland and his wife as domestic servants. The claimants alleged they were badly treated. They worked at least 15 hours a day, seven days a week for some €170 a month, were abused in their workplace, denied contact with the outside world and had to share one bedroom with two beds. The women were eventually rescued by the Migrant Centre of Ireland.

The Ambassador and his wife did not attend the hearing, nor did they make a submission, but the EAT had to consider whether the case might fail due to rules on diplomatic immunity to prosecution.

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