I’m European resident and my permanent contract of employment has been terminated with immediate effect by my employer after being employed for more than 4 years.
Contrary to what you might think, this was not related with the COVID-19 situation as I am the only one concerned, and there were no financial loss or cut plan communicated by my company.
The justification provided was related to lack of performance - it was poorly justified and very much made-up/invented from my personal and colleagues point of view. Unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to defend myself and had to comply with it even though i didn't agree.
I have read online and it seems to be a normal practice in Hong Kong as long as the notice period is paid (this is my case).
However, I am wondering whether this is legal and what are the obligations and entitlements of employer and employee in this kind of situation.
Does the employer have to provide a justification to get rid of someone?
Is there any protection for employees against unjustified or unfair termination like this, and especially during this unique pandemic period?
Also, my company refused to pay me a severance package because they consider I do not fulfill one of the conditions - according to the law, I should be dismissed "because of redundancy" or "laid-off".
I would greatly appreciate any feedback or testimony of anyone experienced similar situation here in Hong Kong.
Thank you in advance.