Our expert says:
I think she urgently needs the advice of a good labour lawyer --- It sounds unlikely that any European country would be allowed, buy law, to treat any worker in this way. Benefits earned thus far can't, surely, be taken away from ehr, and I don't see how they could prevent her from working there again any time she wants to, especially if she is a citizen of that country of any other European / EEC country. I wonder where she would have heard such threats, which are probably illegal to make. Dare I ask, is it possible these are excuses for not returning to SA ? The Embassy of whatever country she is citizen of and/or working in, should also be able to advise on the relevant labour law issues. She is not, I am sure, entitled to insist on staying in Europe and keepign your son there --- here you will need legal advice, too, including SA legal advice.
There's litle point in just waiting and hoping for the best --- you need to understand the legal facts of the situation, and how to put pressure on her to be fair rather than selfish
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