Pinay maid sues US family over $1/hour wage
CALIFORNIA – A Filipina domestic helper is suing her employers for alleged human trafficking, forced labor, and false imprisonment.
A report by the Courthouse News Service identified the overseas Filipino workers as Rosenda Milla-Bangco Gonzaga.
She filed a complaint against her employers Joy Pelayo-McCarthy and husband Chris McCarthy, and Mrs. McCarthy’s parents Bert and Linda Pelayo.
The complaint alleged that her employers made her work for about 14 hours a day, seven days a week for 11 months without overtime pay.
She only got paid $500 per month.
The complaint also shows that the McCarthy’s took her passport which contains her diplomatic visa and was not allowed to leave the house unsupervised, threatening her with deportation if she did.
Gonzaga escaped in March 2011.
She is seeking more than $300,000 dollars in back pay and other damages.
Balitang America is still trying to get a response from her employers.