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Sunday November 19th 2017

43-year-old senior manager earning more than $10,000/month forced to resign on the spot by MBS

Hi Gilbert,

l work as a Senior Manager in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). l am currently 43 years old.

Last Thursday, l was called into a meeting room and handed a termination letter and pay for another month of salary until end of Aug.

However,l have to leave the office on the spot.

There was no reason give for my termination and it was not due to performance issue. It was stated clearly by the HR that my termination was not due to performance issue.

However, the company refuses to state any other reason except termination, e.g. re-org etc l refused to sign the letter and l was given the option to resign so that l have a ‘better’-looking letter from MBS.

They have prepared such letter and once l opt for resign, the HR immediately show me another letter and ask me to sign.

There is no other options as the meeting was only 30 minutes. So l am forced to sign and leave the company with great disappointment.

l called MOM and report this case but they told me since the job required tertiary education, it is not cover under the employment act.

l am wondering what other options are there to highlight such unprofessional practice by the company.

This is the 3rd time l lost my job but the last 2 cases, l was treated with much respect and humanity when l left the companies. l am really upset with the way MBS handle my terminated.

On the same day, another of my colleague got the same treatment immediately after me.

We were totally lost after the incident and wonder what have we done to deserve such treatment.

Regards,

John

Editor’s note: We have forwarded the email to our lawyer for her expert opinion.

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10 Responses to “43-year-old senior manager earning more than $10,000/month forced to resign on the spot by MBS”

  1. Cia says:

    The clause of Termination should be stated clearly in your LOA.
    Both parties have the right to terminate the employment contract by giving notice in lieu or salary in lieu. If either party fulfil the termination clause, no reason is needed for termination of employment contract.

  2. Alvin T, says:

    in this day and age, where there are easily 5-7 aspiring job seekers writing in for the same job one holds at the work place, there’s no telling when the employer decides to replace the incumbent with the fresh hire (who’s quite likely asking for a lower salary).

    doesn’t matter what nationality the new hire is. it boils down to only dollars and cents.

    the climate has forced people to own one’s own micro-business, not just to earn a side income, but passive recurrent incomes.

    feel free to drop me an email at ask(dot)101odyssey(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Vlad says:

    In Macao they did the same to 10 employees. There is shameless how the Sands treats the more than 10 years workers firing them without giving any prior notice or reasons.

  4. Nick says:

    Who the hell is this John? Has he been working in MBS since opening? If he is an expat then he should’ve known that that’s the way it was and is in MBS. There were so many layoffs among expat casino staff from 2012… What this John never heard about how it was happening? Welcome to the club, buddy!

  5. NS says:

    Sorry to hear that. Could it be cost cutting?

    The gaming sector has been doing poorly.

  6. Anonymus says:

    I completely agree with John feelings, I too had the same experience in Marina Bay Sands. They didn’t mention reason why the hell they are firing this way, also they mentioned in my meeting that there is no performance issues as well.

    It’s a highly political company and don’t spoil your career by joining in this company.

  7. Anon says:

    Hi John,

    You mentioned this “l was given the option to resign so that l have a ‘better’-looking letter from MBS.
    They have prepared such letter and once l opt for resign, the HR immediately show me another letter and ask me to sign.”

    Something similar happened to me as well from a retail employer. The letter was called “Acceptance of Resignation”. My pay was quite low then.

    I did not inform MOM. I appreciate that you said you called MOM and report this case but they told you since the job required tertiary education, it is not covered under the employment act.

    Regards,
    Anon

  8. xyz says:

    Actually Sands has been doing quite well as a whole — over the last 12 months, their stock price (LVS traded in New York) has gone up 45%. And probably good for another 15% to 20% increase within next 4 months. One way they maximize profits is to be ruthless to employees.

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  10. usha says:

    I definitely think that the employment act should be revised to cover higher mgmt and senior positions. We have an entire MOM to ensure justice is given for workers. Why should degree holders and higher mgmt not be covered. MOM is definitely sleeping on the job! Please take action to protect your citizens during the bad times.

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