An enraged friend, Ma Carla Arangote Temporosa, of a Pinay domestic worker in Hong Kong, who died of cervical cancer, file a case against her friend’s employer due to their inhumane treatment to her friend when they learned about her illness.
A Hong Kong employer, Rita Chiu-yee, is facing several charges filed by Temporosa on behalf of her deceased friend due to their inhumane treatment of her.
According to Temporosa, her friend, Joan Sarmiento Guting was a victim of unlawful treatment by her employer. Said that Guting was fired by her employer two days after she was discharged from the hospital for cancer treatment.
Other than that she also said that Guting’s employer doesn’t provide her enough food, monitor her friend’s activities by installing an unnecessary security camera, and throws away the kitchen utensils, pans that were used by her friend.
What enraged her more was the fact that her friend’s employment was unjustly terminated by the employer the moment they learned that she has cervical cancer, edema and acute renal failure. Said that the employer suddenly woke Guting’s up at 12:30 am to terminate her contract. Added that they forced her to sign documents, hurriedly packed her belongings wearing protective gloves and shove her outside even though she’s still in pajamas and nowhere to go.
Her friend was sent to the hospital again the next day, where she was diagnosed to have anemia. She continued to receive treatment in Hong Kong hospital until she returned to the Philippines on October 21, 2017. She died on August 18, 2018, Temporosa stated.
Temporosa sued the employer for damages and demands a written apology over “discriminatory, offensive and inhumane” conduct.
Her lawyer Michael Vidler said: “This claim alleges discriminatory conduct of the most offensive and inhumane kind. Regrettably, Ms Guting passed away before she could seek restoration of her dignity by the court. We intend however to seek redress in her name for her children, with damages commensurate with the aggravated circumstances of the case.”
Guting filed the charges against her friend’s employer on June 29, 2017 to the Labour Tribunal. However, it was adjourned as she was unable to provide evidence due to her medical condition.
Now, Temporosa along with other concerned friends is seeking a declaration that Choy unjustly discriminated her friend. The first hearing will be on December 18, 2019.