A Filipina domestic worker was paid HK$5,000 (US$636) by her former employer as severance pay after negotiations at the Labour Tribunal on August 8.

Marichu Soriano had sought severance pay of HK$8,000 from former employer Chow Chu-kuem, who sacked her on June 24 after more than three years employment, sunwebhk.com reported.

The employer said she no longer needed the maid’s services.

The domestic worker received a month’s wage in lieu of notice, money for an air ticket, plus a travel and food allowance from Chow. She requested the severance pay because that was part of her work conditions in the event of her being made redundant.

At the tribunal, Chow told the presiding officer Eric Tam the domestic worker had become lazy, which meant she needed to do some of the housework despite her paying the worker. Plus, the maid could not speak Cantonese despite working for her for more than three years.

Chow initially insisted she would only to pay compensation of HK$3,000, instead of the $8,000 requested by the domestic worker.

The two finally settled on HK$5,000, as suggested by Tam.