Labor and Commercial Disputes
Labor (Contract) Disputes
Employees who have disputes with their employing company are strongly advised to make an initial attempt to resolve their situation privately and cordially between themselves and their employers.
If this fails, the employee’s only avenue of legal recourse is to make a complaint against their employer at the Main Labor Office in Jeddah (adjacent to the Main Passport Office). The complaint should be submitted in Arabic and addressed to:
Mr. Abdulraouf Al-Gaidy,
Director of the Main Labor Office in the Western Region.
Phone: (966-2) 631-1687
Mr. Al-Gaidy will, in turn, refer it to the Claims Division of the Labor Office for appropriate action. Upon receipt of the complaint by the Chief of the Claims Division, it will be referred to the appropriate section to investigate and adjudicate the case. Testimony from both employee and employer may be requested, if necessary, by the authorized official of the Claims Division.
The decision of the Claims Division is final. Failure to adhere to the decision will result in enforcement of the decision by local authorities.
All disputes between businessmen that cannot be resolved privately and cordially between the involved parties must be resolved by the Commercial Dispute Board of the Saudi Arabia Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah. A complete, formal brief presenting each side in the matter must be submitted in Arabic to the Board, and the parties involved are permitted to give testimony on their behalf. Cases before the Board may be presented by a duly authorized legal representative of the party involved, such as an attorney.