ABUSED FILIPINO CAREGIVER SETTLES WITH EMPLOYER FOR $100,000
By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 9, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nelly Gonzales, 58, still gets emotional when she talks about her ordeal as a caregiver in the U.S.
For 15 years, Gonzales was abused by her Filipino employer, paying her as low as $150 a month, to care for six developmentally-delayed adults 24/7.
She said, “All I wanted was respect. No matter your stature in life, you deserve some respect.”
It took her 15 long, agonizing years but Gonzales finally found the courage to fight back, after she saw Filipino caregiver Victoria Aquino on Balitang America talk about filing a case against her abusive employer.
She pointed out, “If she could do it, I thought, I could do it too. I could fight for my rights.”
Through the help of the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants or PAWIS, Gonzales filed a claim for back wages against her employer in 2010.
If you are an abused caregiver and want to know how you can fight for your rights, call PAWIS at (408) 657-8947.
Domestic workers in Southern California can also reach the Filipino Migrant Center at (310) 421-8362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the FMC website.