A Filipina domestic helper in Hong Kong who was treated not good by her employer decided to settle with her employer and returned home with a year’s salary.
Margie A was treated badly by her employer and fought for a year to gain justice from the harsh treatment she received. However, her employer got lucky as she escaped imprisonment after the Filipina agreed for a settlement amounting to $52,000 (PhP337,724), an amount which could have been her payment whilst she finished the remaining months of her employment contract.
Before that, her Chinese employer Lucy L. already paid $10,600 (PhP68,843) over unpaid wages, annual leave, air ticket, traveling allowance and a month’s salary in line of notice.
According to reports, Margie was completing her first year of service out of the two-year contract when the incident happened, Nov. 8, 2019.
After a year of staying at the Bethune House of Migrant Women’s Refuge, she was able to reach a settlement with her employer and finally returned to the Philippines last Nov. 6.
Meanwhile, her employer was not charged after she paid the settlement but under look-out, in case she offends another domestic helper under her roof. She also wrote a letter of apology to the Filipina.
Margie tried to look for another employer before she left but failed.