Liz Hurley accused of paying ’slave-wage’ to Indian maid

February 20th, 2008 - 5:08 pm ICT by admin  

London, Feb 20 (ANI): Liz Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar have been accused of racial discrimination and breach of contract by their ex-Indian maid, who claims that the couple paid her a shoddy 1.20 pounds an hour.

Violet D’Souza, 3, who was brought over to the U.K. from her native India by Nayar, broke her silence after working for the couple at their London home for almost four years before being fired.

She planned to take them before a tribunal this week to claim damages for allegedly breaking a string of employment laws, reports the Mirror.

D’Souza was prepared to face her former bosses with accusations including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, race discrimination, failing to give her a proper contract of employment and withholding wages.

However, she withdrew the case, after being paid a five-figure settlement by the millionaire couple.

Despite having millions in their bank accounts Hurley and Nayar allegedly paid Violet just 8,000 rupees a week, worth about 100 pounds, which works out at between 1.40 pounds and 1.60 pounds an hour.

D’Souza lived and worked for the couple at their posh London home for four years before being suddenly fired.

She went to seek help from local Citizens Advice Bureau lawyers following the sacking, and soon filed for an employment tribunal claim.

She also filed for minimum wage and earnings owed under U.K. law, where employees over the age of 22 must be paid at least 5.52 pounds an hour.

D’Souza claims to have worked between 60 and 70 hours a week at one point, and was occasionally required to be on hand from 7.30am until 3am the following day.

The case was scheduled to go before the capital’s Kingsway Employment Tribunal on Feb 21 for a pre-hearing review, but Hurley and Nayar settled the dispute by offering D’Souza a five-figure sum at the last minute.

A spokesman for Kingsway Employment Tribunal says, “We can confirm this claim has been withdrawn and the pre-hearing review has been cancelled, but cannot discuss the reasons.” (ANI)

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