A Filipino domestic helper is seeking HK$182,000 in compensation from her Hong Kong employer, alleging that she was overworked and denied her holidays during her years of service.
Centeno Lenely Reyteran filed a claim at the Labour Tribunal against Chan Sau-yiu, demanding that the employer compensate her for unused leave days and contract severance.
The Filipina said she was only given around ten days of statutory holidays between June 9, 2014 and August 6, 2015.
And even on the days when she was given time off, she was only allowed to stay away for four hours, the domestic worker said.
When on holiday, the employer would ring the maid many times and order her to return home, Reyteran said, according to Sky Post.
The maid said she was made to forego several holidays as she had to take care of several dogs of Chan during her 13 years of service.
In her defense, Chan, who is founder of the Lok Hong Social Service Association, said Reyteran decided to stay home during holidays on her own accord.
The maid didn’t want to go out as she was afraid of running into people from whom she had borrowed money, the employer said.
Reyteran admitted that she was never stopped from leaving Chan’s home and agreed that she did not complain about working involuntarily.
Chan said she has once gave Reyteran 96 holidays in a year, which was far more than what the law requires.
She accused Reyteran of passing the employer’s personal details to financial services companies without her consent in order to obtain loans.
Chan also denied allegations of slapping Reyteran twice last year.
Reyteran had alleged that her employer hit her and even threatened to kill her after receiving a fax at home demanding the Filipina repay her debts.
The incident is said to have taken place on August 25.
According to Apple Daily, Reyteran admitted in court that she has incurred debts amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that her relationship with her employer has turned sour because of her financial problems.
The Labour Tribunal will hold further hearings on the case Wednesday.
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