Meta Biomed Co., Ltd. Must Pay Cambodian Workers Severance According to the Labour Law

Since December 2018, management at Meta Biomed (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. has been terminating workers in violation of Cambodian law and has not paid them the legal severance amounts owed to them under the Labour Law.

On 31 December 2018, Meta Biomed’s management fired two heavily pregnant workers. These workers were given their final wages plus an extra 5% payment and sent on their way. In fact, based on their employment seniority, both were entitled to a sizeable amount more in severance, to the amount of USD$2,945.00 and USD$3,660.38 respectively.

On 1 February 2019, Meta Biomed management terminated the contract of another worker who had just returned from maternity leave. She was given USD$181 in severance. In fact, based on her employment seniority, she was entitled to a sizeable amount more in severance, to the amount of USD$1914.60.

Meta Biomed (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. is owned by a similarly-named South Korean company – Meta Biomed Co., Ltd. According to the website of the company’s American branch, the company is “committed to enhancing the quality of life for people around the world.” Apparently, that commitment does not extend to the workers in Meta Biomed’s Cambodian factory.

Meta Biomed Co., Ltd. must immediately pay these three terminated workers in its Cambodian factory severance according to Cambodian Labour Law to the amounts stated above.

For further information please contact Patrick Lee at [email protected].

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