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No right to claim extra pay if 'forced' to resign: Court

Judges reject appeal, say worker entitled only to what is in contract

Published on Aug 15, 2014 8:56 AM
Former Robinsons employee Lawrence Wee had claimed that had he not been forced to quit, he could have continued working at the department store. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Workers who say they are forced to quit after their employer makes life unbearable should not expect to get any extra compensation other than that guaranteed in their contracts.

This is the norm in typical cases of "constructive dismissal". And workers will have to show proof of actual loss stemming from the dismissal, such as mental or emotional duress, if they hope to get extra damages.

The top court in Singapore made this clear in dismissing former Robinsons employee Lawrence Wee's appeal against the High Court, which had rejected his claim for damages after he argued that he had been pushed out by his employer.

The 40-year-old had worked as assistant general manager of corporate sales and cards at retailer Robinson & Co (Singapore) for about six years.

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