Maid in handbag theft case to pursue claim for damages
The innocent maid insisted on claiming damages for loss of income and breach of trust and confidence after her former employer accused her of theft
A Filipino maid falsely accused by her Hong Kong employer of stealing is pursuing her claim for damages in court. Domestic worker Rosana Rañola was falsely accused by bank executive Lam Ah Wai Ammy of stealing two discarded handbags in October last year, sunwebhk.com reported.
The maid complained that her former employer did not want to pay for her expenses while her case was pending and she was not allowed to work. In the Labour Tribunal on June 20, officer David Chum tried to convince the two parties to settle instead of going to court.
While Lam agreed to pay Rañola one month’s salary in lieu of notice, the maid insisted on pursuing a claim for damages totaling HK$28,908 (US$3,683) for loss of income and breach of trust and confidence after Lam accused her of theft.
Chum reminded Rañola that while she could ask for a higher amount than her salary, her claim would be difficult to prove. He also warned her that she could lose everything after the hearing and be liable for court costs.
After the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the case will now go to trial and be heard on September 17.