Date
22 July 2017
Chan Sau-yiu (inset) heard from the Labor Tribunal that her former domestic helper is entitled to compenation for holidays and unused annual leave. Photos: Google Maps, YouTube
Chan Sau-yiu (inset) heard from the Labor Tribunal that her former domestic helper is entitled to compenation for holidays and unused annual leave. Photos: Google Maps, YouTube

Filipino maid wins lawsuit over unpaid wages

A Filipino domestic helper has won a HK$12,446 (US$1,685) judgment for unpaid wages.

However, the Hong Kong Labor Tribunal denied the rest of her claim for HK$182,000 compensation from her employer for overwork, unlawful termination and abuse, Sing Tao Daily reports.   

Lenely Reyteran Centeno first filed a lawsuit against Chan Sau-yiu for non-payment of her unused annual leave and holidays and compensation in lieu of notice.

She expanded the claim earlier this year, alleging overwork for caring for 60 cats, physical abuse and unlawful termination.

Chan heads the Lok Hong Social Service Association.

Tribunal officer Jocelyn Leung ruled that Centeno was entitled to compensation of HK$12,446 for unpaid holiday wages and unused annual leave but dismissed her claim for unlawful termination.

Leung said the law allows domestic helpers to leave anytime they feel threatened, so there is no requirement for payment in lieu of notice.

Centeno was not entitled to such payment because she did not serve notice to her employer before she left, Leung said.

Leung also said Centeno’s claim for compensation for physical abuse was inadmissible without proof that her injuries were caused by the defendant, according to Apple Daily.

Also, her testimony was not consistent with the official report by a medical examiner, Leung said.

Leung ruled against Chan’s claim for payment in lieu of notice from Centeno, saying the latter left because she felt threatened.

Leung ordered further investigation into a slapping incident after Chan admitted hitting Centeno in the face.

Also, Leung referred Centeno to immigration authorities after the Filipina admitted that she has been working for a new employer in violation of her condition of stay.

Filipina seeks HK$72,000 for looking after 60 pets over 12 years (May 16, 2016)

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