Pro bono lawyers to help the unfairly sacked

The pro bono service is also extended to employers who are facing tough challenges in the trying times, says Wong.

A TEAM of lawyers are ready to be on the case on pro bono basis if you have been unfairly dismissed, faced with unreasonable salary deductions and been issued unwarranted fines.

Penang Island City councillor Wong Yuee Harng has teamed up with lawyer Willie Ong to provide free legal advice to those who feel marginalised due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ong said a group of five lawyers including him would provide free advice and legal aid to those who feel they were unduly laid off or forced to take pay cuts.

Those who feel they were slapped with unreasonable fines by the police and any authority under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988 can also approach them.

“We are here to help those who are in need. We will first do a background check before providing legal advice.

“We will take up their cases without legal fees if there is merit.

“However, complainants will have to bear a nominal court filing fee,” he said in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday.

Ong explained that not every case would need to be taken to court as some could be settled in private.

“We will first look at the complaints’ documents or job offer letter.

“After going through them, we will see if there is merit to the claim and proceed by issuing a legal letter if there is a need.

“We will discuss and negotiate with those involved.

“If the issue can be mediated and settled, then there is no need to go to court,” he said.

Ong and his team can be reached at 010-778 0488.

Wong pointed out that the pro bono service was also extended to employers who are facing tough challenges in the trying times.

“However, when there is unfair treatment, we must stand up and help.

“If employers are facing legal difficulties, they can also always come to us.”

Those who have any enquiries but are shy to approach the lawyers directly can drop a message in Wong’s Facebook account

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