A Pinay OFW is determined to file legal action against former employers in Hong Kong. This was after they posted their photo publicly as “Wanted” which brought so much embarrassment to the helper.
According to Reylyn G. Padaoan, she was emotionally affected as she cannot eat nor sleep because of feeling humiliated. She claimed they could have contacted her instead of posting her as “Wanted”.
“Masamang-masamaangloobko, di akonakatulog at di nakakainsakahihiyan. Gusto long magsampangreklamosaginawanila, kasialamnamannilaang email at address konadoon sana nilaakokontakin.”
Apparently, Reylyn claimed that her female employer Li Fung Yuen got mad at her after she complained to POLO about being required to do construction work at her employer’s house in Cheung Chau and in Shatin. Even if the couple had hired 4 male construction workers from the mainland, she was obliged to stay and to pick up the cement and other building materials.
She presented photos to POLO showing her pushing the trolley loaded with sacks, cement and sand and a photo while she was finishing work on a bathroom to serve as evidence of such claim.
She added that another reason why Li got mad at her was when she was asked to accompany them during their Japan travel which she declined upon learning that she had to shoulder her personal expenses.
On September 2 last year, she was fired and was asked to leave the house in the middle of the night.
Reylyn then sought the help of POLO and was advised that she was entitled to receive $5,128 in wages which included payment in lieu of notice and $1,000 return fare. But when she went back to her previous employers to require them of such amount as payment to her, they refused to talk to her.
It was also learned that Wang, Reylyn’s male employer was also mad at her for he had thought that Reylyn recorded their conversation earlier.
To her surprise, Reylyn was shocked upon learning that a poster with her huge picture was publicly posted as “Wanted” from her friend who saw it on Facebook.
Reylyn shared that she cannot understand why Wong had been running after her for an alleged $50,000 loan. She clarified that her female employer Li had given her $20,000 from that amount as a present during her first year of working with them. Unfortunately, when her husband was hired by Li’s cousin in Macau, Li took back her word and said that she had to pay for the $20,000 instead.
Padaoan says this was she doing repair work in her employer’s house
A total of $7,620 in July and August last year was already deducted from her salary as partial payment of the said loan. Since she was not paid with $6,128 for being terminated without further notice, she’s only about to pay $6,252 as full payment for the $20,000 present which was taken back from her.
However, even if she knew she hasn’t treated fair anymore, Reylyn revealed that she had no intentions of leaving but they fired her so she had no choice but leave.
The OFW is now closely coordinating with POLO for a possible case which she can file against her former employers for damages incurred.
Reylyn had been working with them since April of 2015 with $4,110 salary per month. Upon renewal, he salary had been raised to $4,310 but she claimed she was still receiving $4,110 and $4,300 from them and was told to eat more to compensate the remaining amount which she was unpaid for.