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terminating helper and 1 month pay

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    hkmom1 is offline Registered User
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    terminating helper and 1 month pay

    Hi,

    I had a helper that was constantly stealing from me and lying to me. She actually stole money out of our wallets when we were home but not in the same room as our wallets. I've terminated her and based on reading the employment contracts it said that I could terminate her without notice or 1 month pay if I had due cause. In my book, stealing is due cause. Unfortunately we were never able to catch on stealing on camera or anything. We just knew because we started keeping track of exactly how much money was in our wallets.

    Now she's brought a case against us with the labor department to file for 1 month pay, as well as ticket back to Philippines. I really feel that we should not have to pay this since she's stolen thousands of dollars from us and only worked for us for 4 months.

    Has anyone here had past experience with this? Do you have advice on how to best proceed?

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    matemate is offline Registered User
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    if you can't prove it, pay and let it go

    frankly it's not worth the hassle

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    canadienne is offline Registered User
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    Agreed. Just pay it and deal.

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    Neha is offline Banned
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    Just pay and forget it Labour law here will nearly always side with the helper.

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    Aava.Wong is offline Registered User
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    you should have got some hard evidence before firing her...oh well, i have to agree with the other posters. sorry that you've to go through this.

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