A Filipina domestic worker, who was filmed being publicly scolded and humiliated by her employer in a park last week, had handed in her resignation letter.
On Sept. 14, a five-minute video clip which went viral on social media showed the female employer scolding her in a public park because her son was given a piece of cookie.
The maid said she tried to explain but the employer did not listen. She then went to other place and cried but the employer followed her and kept yelling at her.
Rosalyn, a 34-year-old mother of four from Cebu of the Philippines, came to Hong Kong for the first time a year ago, Next Magazine reported. She said she paid 50,000 Philippine Peso (US$926) to an agent to work for a family of three in Tin Shui Wai in the New Territories.
Rosalyn said when she first arrived in Hong Kong, she worked in the female employer’s home in Tin Chung Court during the day and took care of a young child, who is now 17-month-old. She rested at her male employer’s sister home and had a private room to sleep in.
Things changed when the employer moved into a private residential block nearby. Rosalyn said the female employer could not control her emotions and shouted at her all the time and became angry every time she prepared food for her son.
After the incident in the park, Rosalyn told the employer she wanted to terminate the contract. The employer then apologized and promised her not to lose her temper again. However, the domestic worker was shouted at again two days later.
Rosalyn also claimed that she had to work for 17 hours a day, slept in a storeroom with paper boxes as a mattress and two surveillance cameras set in the apartment monitored her 24 hours a day. She said she had had enough and resigned on Wednesday and packed her belongings.
“I have to protect myself also because I have children. I love myself. I don’t want anybody can make me down (look down on me),” Rosalyn said. She is now seeking assistance from the domestic worker union.
Betty Yung Ma Shan-yee, the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers’ Association chairman, said employers should not scold their domestic workers in public.
An employer should solve problems in a gentle way or deal with them at home, she added.