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Court to hear Filipina maids’ claim over employer’s estate

Two Filipino maids in Hong Kong have been unable to find a relative of their late employer in a bid to claim more than HK$100,000 they say is owed to them, resulting in the Labour Tribunal transfing their case to the District Court.

Cleofe Quintella and Amalia Tongga attended a hearing on August 7 for their claim against the estate of the late Fung Yuk-mei involving more than HK$100,000 (US$12,739), the sunwebhk.com reported.

The two maids, who had worked for Fung for more than 30 years, told the Tribunal the claims were calculated by Labour Tribunal officers they consulted after Fung took her life on January 29 this year.

The tribunal heard that Quintella, who had worked for Fung since 1982, was claiming a total of $65,438 for three months of arrears in wages, long service pay, unused statutory holidays, annual leave and an air ticket.

Tongga, who was claiming $41,039 for one month’s unpaid wages, long service pay, unused statutory holidays and an air ticket, said she started working for Fung in 1985. Tongga said Fung had been living alone when she hired them.

Fung’s only relative was a niece, who allegedly told them she knew nothing about her aunt’s assets.

Presiding Officer Eric Tam told the two women that since no executor or administrator of Fung’s assets had come forward at the hearing, he was transferring their case to the District Court, advising them to find a solicitor who would represent them.

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