Can I be forced to pay my house-help 20,000 per month if she doesn’t live with me?
I am a mother to a 2 year old baby girl. My husband and I have been living in a three bedroom house in Kilimani, with one room for our daughter, one for us and one for the household. I pay my house help 12,000 because she has worked well with us since our daughter was little. Last week, we received the happy news that we are pregnant with twins. But when I told the house-help, she became angry and withdrawn. Later she said she doesn’t want to live in the house but would move to Kawangware and come on a daily basis. We quarreled but I agreed to add transport if she can come by 6 AM and leave at 8 PM. I was therefore shocked to get a letter today from a lawyer telling me that I have to pay the house-help an amount equaling 20,000 a month or she will sue me in labour court? I am desperate because she is a good worker, but the amount is too high. Can I really be forced to pay this amount?
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