Couple sued for sacking pregnant domestic helper

May 10, 2016 15:50
A district court judge has opened a hearing into allegations a domectic helper was illegally dismissed by her employers after they learned she was pregant. Photo: HKEJ

A divorced couple who sacked a pregnant domestic helper are on trial in district court, charged with sex discrimination.

Yip Hoi-sun and his then wife Chan Man-hong hired Indonesian helper Waliyah in 2012 but fired her a few months later after learning she was pregnant, Sky Post reports, citing court papers.   

The couple forced Waliyah to take a pregnancy test and sign a termination agreement, according to the writ.

Waliyah was fired seven months into her pregnancy, according to Apple Daily.

The hearing began on Monday in Wan Chai Law Courts without Yip who could not be located, the report said.

Chan testified that Waliyah did not know the identity of the father and wanted to have an abortion.

Waliyah did not tell her husband and parents about the pregnancy, saying they would "chop her to pieces", Chan said.

Chan said she confirmed Waliyah’s pregnancy with a pregnancy test kit.

Under questioning by Chan, who was representing herself, Waliyah admitted to taking the pregnancy test voluntarily.

Waliyah also said she did not tell anyone about the pregnancy, adding she wanted to give the baby up for adoption.

Chan said she tried to help Waliyah keep her job by suggesting to her not to tell Yip about her condition.

She was worried Waliyah will not find a new job, so she took the plaintiff to her friends to see if they could hire her, the court heard.

Waliyah confirmed that Chan did help her line up new jobs but added the defendant also told her to get an abortion in Shenzhen or Macau.

The hearing continues.

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