Three hundred and thirty-six cases related to unfair dismissal were brought to the Industrial Court for the first three months of this year.

Court of Appeal judge Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid said statistics provided by the Ministry of Human Resources showed that 384 cases were brought to court, of which 336 cases were related to unfair dismissal.

“In terms of awards, and up to March this year, the sum of RM1,903,359 was awarded for back wages, RM737,159 for compensation in lieu of reinstatement, and together with other awards, the total was RM5,473,095.

“This gives the impression that the employers underestimated the importance of industrial relations, employment and labour laws. Employers remain mostly in the dark, over the right procedure to be taken before an employee can be dismissed from employment.