Friday, March 14, 2008
How Hiring An Individual Cleaner May Cost This Couple $120K
A woman who spent four years working as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for a couple filed suit in federal court against her former employers, charging that they violated labor laws by working her 14-hours a day, six days a week, without overtime pay or breaks.
In her suit, the woman charged that she was paid $1,000 to $1,300 a month to scrub bathrooms, wash windows, vacuum, mop and dust the 9,000-square foot home, cook, serve meals, hand wash china and silver, launder and iron clothes, and bathe, dress and supervise the couple's young daughter.
The suit asks for unpaid wages, liquidated damages and penalties amounting to nearly $120,000!
Click here for the full story. And check out the former housecleaner protesting her former employer in the picture on the right.
It can happen to you too. But it can only happen if you hire an unlicensed, individual housecleaner. Because hiring a housecleaner from a professional cleaning company means that your liability is over once your payment is received.
There's no doubt that this couple hired this woman because she only asked for $1,300 per month. Wonder how cheap she seems now?