Baby Jane Allas, the Filipino domestic helper who got fired after getting diagnosed with cancer, finally got the justice that she deserves as she was awarded compensation.
Court grants HK$30,000 to OFW diagnosed with cervical cancer which serves as compensation from her employer. The settlement was granted on Monday, April 15. This is amidst the criticism as well as disappoints towards the judge’s attitude.
“I am disappointed that my employer did not show up when I am sicker than her,” says Allas. She even had to reschedule her radiotherapy session just to go the hearing. Although Allas already agreed to it previously, she now thinks that the settlement is not enough.
Allas is currently undergoing radiotherapy sessions and chemotherapy treatment once a week. She is just one of the many Overseas Filipino Workers who was fired by their employer after getting diagnosed with deadly diseases, leaving them without access to medical care.
Her employer, identified as Jamil Bushra, was represented by her brother-in-law stating that Jamil couldn’t travel as she is pregnant despite the fact that she is just staying in Hong Kong.
Initially, HK$46,000 was asked by Allas to cover her medical fees, wages in line of notice and sickness leave. However, the two parties settled to the compensation worth HK$30,000 after a court discussion for three hours.
“I am standing here right now to encourage other workers to come out of they have cases like mine,” says Allas. “And I advise workers that if they are not being treated well, they should speak up and get evidence,” she added.