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Saudi Arabia: Equal opportunities

Original and updating authors: Hesham Al Homoud, Al Tamimi & Company; and Alanoud Alsaeed
Updating author: Zahir Qayum, Al Tamimi & Company

Summary

  • Employment legislation states that all Kingdom of Saudi Arabia citizens are "equal in their right to work", and prohibits discrimination in pay between male and female workers who perform work of equal value. (See General)
  • "Misconduct or an act infringing on honesty or integrity" by an employee is grounds for summary dismissal, which is likely to cover harassment of another employee. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • Employment legislation provides for positive discrimination in favour of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nationals, by giving them preferential employment rights. (See Positive action)
  • If an employee feels discriminated against on any grounds, he or she may be entitled to bring a civil claim for "moral" damages, as the principles of Shari'a law protect individuals' rights to equal treatment. (See Remedies and penalties)