Question 6, 2017 Labor Law Bar Exam

VI.

(Question VI, Labor Law, 2017 Bar Exam)

A.

One of Pacific Airline’s policies was to hire only single applicants as flight attendants, and considered as automatically resigned the flight attendants at the moment they got married. Is the policy valid? Explain your answer. (2.5%)

B.

Tarcisio was employed as operations manager and received a monthly salary of ₱25,000.00 through his payroll account with DB Bank. He obtained a loan from Roberto to purchase a car. Tarcisio failed to pay Roberto when the loan fell due. Roberto sued to collect, and moved to garnish Tarcisio’s payroll account. The latter vigorously objected and argued that salaries were exempt from garnishment. Is Tarcisio correct? Explain your answer. (3%)

Suggested Answer:

A. No. Answer

Under the Labor Code and the Magna Carta for Women, it is unlawful for any employer to discriminate against any woman employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment solely on account of her sex. In particular, it is unlawful for an employer to require as a condition of employment or continuation of employment that a woman employee shall not get married, or to stipulate expressly or tacitly that upon getting married, a woman employee shall be deemed resigned or separated, or to actually dismiss, discharge, discriminate or otherwise prejudice a woman employee merely by reason of her marriage. Rule

In the case at bar, the company’s policy to consider as automatically resigned flight attendants the moment they get married violates the provisions of the Labor Code. Apply

Thus, the policy is not valid. Conclusion

B. No. Answer

Under the Civil Code, the laborer’s wage shall not be subject to execution or attachment, except for debts incurred for food, shelter, clothing and medical attendance. In jurisprudence, the exemption covers only wages, and not salary. It has been held that the term “wages” as distinguished from “salary”, applies to the compensation for manual labor, skilled or unskilled, paid at stated times, and measured by the day, week, month, or season, while “salary” denotes a higher degree of employment, or a superior grade of services, and implies a position of office. Rule

In the case at bar, Tarciso is an operations manager who works at an office and not a manual laborer. He earns a salary, and not a wage. A salary is not exempt from garnishment. Apply

Thus, Tarcisio is not correct. Conclusion

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