An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia was removed from work after taking a TikTok video while wearing a work uniform.
The OFW was identified only as JM who went to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah to ask for help from the encountered incident.
According to JM, someone from work reported to their higher-ups that she had a TikTok video while wearing their uniform work uniform. The OFW also claims that her TikTok video which was taken before the opening of their store is not sensual.
JM was called to the office and was asked to remove the video which she uploaded to TikTok. Then, she was not allowed to come to work and eventually heard the news that she lost her job.
“Monday po mga before 10:00 or 9:00 am ay nakaabot po agad sa office [ang Tiktok video]. Tinawagan po yung manager ko na burahin ko yung Tiktok ko na sayaw pagkatapos po pumunta po yung investigator sa store tapos hindi na ako nakapasok. Itong Thursday ay nalaman ko na terminated na ako,” says JM.
Meanwhile, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Welfare Officer James Mendiola reminded OFWs, especially in Saudi Arabia, to be very careful on the videos that they post online.
“We would like to remind our OFWs in Saudi Arabia that although we work only during working hours we are part of their company 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says the Welfare Officer.
“And most of our employers if not all are very sensitive to impression or public images and that includes us. So our social media post and upload must agree or- be in line with the norms of the kingdom.”
Although JM learned her lesson the hard way, she sent advice to other OFWs not to take TikTok videos while at work.