22 November 2011
British aide seeks unfair dismissal claim from sheikh
A British woman is pursuing compensation on the grounds of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and breach of contract from an Arab sheikh at a tribunal.
Lalmalek Al-Bulushi acted as a senior aide to Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi - ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates - and managed his extensive British property portfolio, the Daily Telegraph reports.
However, the 45-year-old claims she was relieved of her duties after suggesting the royal should be paying taxes for his affairs in Britain and advising him that asbestos was buried under the swimming pool at his mansion in Sussex.
Ms Al-Bulushi informed the tribunal she was originally suspended before being sacked in March 2010 and indicated the sheikh of the third-largest emirate believed his "sovereign immunity" meant he did not have to pay taxation.
The royal family stated the reason for her departure was a breakdown in "mutual confidence and trust".
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Posted by Francesca Witney