BEIRUT: Prime Minister Hassan Diab has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, the American University of Beirut (AUB), in which he is seeking around $1 million in severance pay, a senior AUB source said Tuesday night.
The source confirmed to The Daily Star a report by Al Arabiya English website which said the premier was pushing ahead with the legal action despite AUB’s financial crisis that has led to the laying off around 25 percent of its employees.
There was no immediate comment from Diab’s office or AUB.
Diab, a former education minister, was AUB’s vice president for regional external programs and an Engineering professor when he was appointed prime minister last December.
He argued in the lawsuit that he never resigned from his post and is requesting severance pay and other benefits that amount to around $1 million, the source said. AUB stopped paying his salary when his government won a vote of confidence in parliament in January.
Al Arabiya said the premier wants his payment to be made in US dollars to a bank outside Lebanon, citing the country’s financial and economic crisis.
All employees who were let go by AUB in recent weeks have been paid in Lebanese pounds.