BEIRUT: The Labor Ministry issued a statement Wednesday warning businesses over replacing Lebanese employees with Syrians, threatening to pursue them legally.
“We call upon inspectors to take the necessary measures with violators of item 50 of the Lebanese labor law, which prevents employers from firing their employees without prior notice,” said the statement.
It added that the ministry has received several complaints in the past few months from Lebanese workers, claiming that they had been fired from their jobs abruptly.
“Following investigations, it was clear that some of these companies lay off their Lebanese employees to replace them with Syrians by giving them jobs that are out of the scope of their specializations, which is contributing to the increase in unemployment among Lebanese people,” it added.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 17, 2014, on page 5.