Does boss' son have the right to scold the maid?

(From left) Indonesian maid Idah Rosidah, 34, Ms Sunita Shri Rammani, 40, an employer, Indonesian maid Nurlaela (sitting), 25, employment agent Ierfan Ibrahim from Living Well Maid Agency, 36, and Filipino maid Janelyn Dupingay Vergara, 28. Ms Sunita
(From left) Indonesian maid Idah Rosidah, 34, Ms Sunita Shri Rammani, 40, an employer, Indonesian maid Nurlaela (sitting), 25, employment agent Ierfan Ibrahim from Living Well Maid Agency, 36, and Filipino maid Janelyn Dupingay Vergara, 28. Ms Sunita, Mr Ierfan and Ms Janelyn are moderators of the FDW in Singapore (Working Conditions Forum) Facebook group, while Ms Rosidah and Ms Nurlaela are active members whom the moderators consider very important to the group.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Over 27,000 members - maids, employers and agents - of Facebook group discuss such issues

A maid recounts how her employer's six-year-old son often hurls invective at her: "Aunty stupid, aunty bad and aunty die." Does she have the right to scold him, she wonders.

An employer whose four-room flat does not have a spare room for her new helper asks where maids prefer sleeping: the study, the storeroom or the living room.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Does boss' son have the right to scold the maid?'. Print Edition | Subscribe