A Filipino domestic worker was not paid her salary for two weeks. Photo: iStock

A Hong Kong woman who failed to pay her Filipino maid for two weeks while she was away on vacation, wrongly assuming that the maid would take a two-week holiday at the same time, was embarrassed to learn that in fact the domestic worker had stayed in the woman’s apartment continuing to do housework during the period.

Lagring, 36, said her employer had given her permission to leave the apartment while she was away on vacation in Canada, sunwebhk.com reported. However, Lagring stayed home and worked. When her employer came back, she told her maid she would not pay her for that two-week period as she thought Lagring was on leave too.

Lagring said her employer should have made it clear that she was supposed to take a leave instead of working.

“I cleaned the house, from the ceiling lamps, the walls, air-conditioner covers and filters, and I even washed the curtains,” Lagring said.

The employer was embarrassed over the misunderstanding and finally paid Lagring her salary of the two weeks.

In Hong Kong, many employers discuss their vacation plans with their domestic workers in advance so that their maids can use this as an opportunity to spend their annual leave in their home countries.

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