Dismissing an employee

Q: I would like to know how should one conduct himself in such a situation. A man was offered  a job. Before he started work he informed the employer that he is studying and will need to write exams. We agreed on giving him off for the days he will be writing. He’s cousin was getting married in another town he ask he employer for the weekend off but was told he cant get the weekend off. Or he must come to work
on Friday and Saturday till 11:00.  Friday morning he sent a message that the lift was going and he no other lift. For the 1st month or so he was coming to  work approx 30 to 45 min late. He’s friend passed away he took early leave to go to the hospital and the next day because he had to go to another town. It is peak season at the moment and we were receiving a delivery. He never inform the employer that he’s going for janaaza out of town the next day he never call to say he not around and knowing that theres lots of orders for him to despatch. The employer calls to find out where he is he says he is 4 hours away. Few days ago he had to go early because he’s wife was sick. Other workers feel we are favouring him because we are of the same nationality. Workers who are with us longer have never taken so many days. Please advise me as what I should do?


A: If this person does not seem to be compatible and conforming to your requirements then respectfully dismiss him without getting implicated legally.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)