Date
25 March 2017
A Wan Chai court is hearing the case of an Indonesian helper who is accusing her employer of psychological abuse and non=payment of wages. Photo: HKEJ
A Wan Chai court is hearing the case of an Indonesian helper who is accusing her employer of psychological abuse and non=payment of wages. Photo: HKEJ

Maid sues employer for calling her names, back wages

An Indonesian helper is seeking HK$120,000 (US$15,450) from her employer for back wages and alleged abuse.

Riyanti filed suit in District Court, claiming she suffered emotional and psychological trauma when her employer called her names after learning she was pregnant, Apple Daily reports.

Riyanti is also claiming unpaid wages and unspecified expenses, according to the complaint.

The judge heard that the employer, surnamed Wong, called Riyanti a whore and told her to die after learning about her condition.

Wong allegedly accused Riyanti of having sex with a man who is not her husband despite being a Muslim.

She said she was made to take an AIDS test and forbidden to touch anything in the house, adding she had a stool thrown at her by her employer when she failed to comply. 

Riyanti said she was forced to sign a termination letter and waive any compensation but was told to continue working.

She said she was never allowed paid leave in the six years she worked for Wong.

In the end, her employer brought her to the airport to send her back to Indonesia but she managed to escape, the court heard.

Hong Kong law prohibits employers from firing a pregnant worker, according to a placement agency manager quoted by Ming Pao Daily.

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