A Filipino domestic worker has been hit with a huge bill – HK$24,000 (US$3,057) – for breaking a glass door on her employer’s balcony.
The maid identified as “A.E.”, who worked for an employer in Yau Tong in Kowloon for a month, said she accidentally locked herself out of her employer’s balcony, sunwebhk.com reported.
A.E. did not have her mobile phone with her, so she could not call for help. She said she got worried as she needed to leave and pick up her ward from school. So she broke the glass door to get back into the apartment.
The employer got angry at the maid and told her the estimated cost for repairing the balcony door was HK$52,800 (US$6,726) and she had to pay HK$24,000 for the repair.
However, a friend of the maid told A.E that her employer could not charge her HK$24,000 because under Hong Kong labor laws, an employer can only charge up to HK$300 for any damage to goods caused by a domestic worker.
Her friend advised her to seek help from a group called Mission For Migrant Workers to get more information on Hong Kong’s labor laws and her rights.
A.E may have lost her job, but it appears that legally she only has to pay HK$300 (just over US$38) to her former employer.