My employer/ sponsor has taken my passport and is refusing to give it back to me even after I demanded it , citing that it is “a company policy” or that it is detained for “safeguarding” purposes, how should I react in such a case?
Posted on 01 June 2014 10:02 AM

Although this is out of LMRA’s jurisdiction, please note that the laws of Bahrain stipulate that retaining the employee passport is illegal. If the employee demands his passport back and the employer refuses to hand it over (in writing if possible), the employee should first contact his embassy and, secondly, raise an urgent case before the court of urgent matters at the Ministry of justice (diplomatic area).

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