Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps
Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A Hong Kong court fined an Indian employer HK$24,000 (US$3,089) on Thursday after she underpaid her Indian maid by HK$6,444 last year.

The 35-year-old defendant Kanwaljit Kaur signed an employment contract with Manjit Kaur, 38, with HK$4,200 a month agreed in wages to take care of her son and complete domestic chores between March and May 2016, Ming Pao Daily reported, citing a Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court document.

The defendant only sent around HK$2,000 in total to the maid’s family in India during the stated period and the helper did not have any days off, the court heard.

Deputy Magistrate Jolie Chao Tsz-kwan said it was a case of exploitation, and slammed the defendant for a lack of remorse on her actions.

Kanwaljit Kaur was convicted of two counts of failing to pay wages within due date and one count of failing to pay wages on the termination of the contract. She was ordered to pay her maid all the outstanding wages.

Leo Tang Kin-wah, organizing secretary for the Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union, told Sing Tao Daily that it welcomed the court ruling and urged the government to take real measures to prevent domestic helpers from exploitation.

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