Central on Hong Kong Island where the women were dropped off. Photo: Google Maps
Central on Hong Kong Island where the women were dropped off. Photo: Google Maps

Two Filipina domestic workers claimed they were forced out of their employer’s house on the Peak in the early hours on Sunday after they refused to sign resignation letters.

Jerlyn Tribajo, 28, from Davao said her employer was angry as she had made a complaint to the employment agency about her irregular meal times and insufficient rest, sunwebhk.com reported.

Tribajo also complained that after the employer’s dog biting her hand last month, she was asked to apply a cream to the wound instead of being taken to a doctor.

According to Tribajo, her employer told her at 2 am on Sunday to write a resignation letter, but she refused, telling the employer to terminate her instead. That allegedly angered the employer, who tried to pull Tribajo out of her bed.

Tribajo said the employer pulled her arms and tried to grab her cell phone, which hurt so much she screamed in pain. That prompted her employer to release her. Tribajo then had a chance to call the police.

Tribajo’s fellow Filipina maid, Tessa Bas, a 29-year-old from Bukidnon, was also allegedly driven away from the house. Police arrived about half an hour later and the employer told the two women to leave the house.

Police gave the two women a ride and dropped them off in Central, where they met another domestic worker. After learning of the incident, she took them to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Wanchai so they could file a complaint.

The two women also sought the advice of the Labour Department and want to claim about HK$7,600 (US$970) each, comprising one month’s wage in lieu of notice and arrears in wages, plus air tickets.

However, when the Filipinas sought help from the employment agency in getting the employer to pay their claim, the employer refused and said it should be the workers who paid her a month’s wage in lieu of notice for allegedly walking out of their jobs.

Both parties are scheduled to meet on Friday to try to work out a settlement.

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