A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong has not received any compensation from her employer after being waylaid by a dislocated shoulder, while her boss claims the family is moving.
On December 28, Samantha, 28, injured her shoulder while trying to grab a towel after bathing, sunwebhk.com reported. On January 5, she had surgery for the injury at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung. After the operation, her employer asked her friends to get Samantha’s things out of the apartment as his family was moving, apparently out of Hong Kong.
The employer also said he would refer Samantha to a Canadian friend if she still wanted to work in Hong Kong.
Samantha was advised by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to seek help from the Hong Kong Labor Department if she wanted compensation for her injury. She was also told that her contract could not be terminated while she was on sick leave.
In Hong Kong, employers are liable to pay compensation for injuries that are sustained by their employees in the course of employment.