A 47-year-old Filipina domestic helper allegedly jumped out of her employer's apartment in Hong Kong while police investigated the flat after her employers accused her of stealing from a family friend, South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.
Her employers reportedly accused the maid going through their friend's handbag at their Ravana Garden apartment. The bag's owner, however, couldn't recall how much money the bag contained.
Police were ready to call off the investigation, though the employers insisted on firing the domestic helper on the spot.
The Filipina supposedly became "emotional" while packing her belongings and decided to jump out of her room. She left no suicide note.
Police are looking into her death as a suicide over "work issues," and will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union vice-chair Eman Villanueva told the newspaper that Filipino callers to their assistance hotline often said that there was "nothing worse than being accused of stealing".
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz told the newspaper earlier in August that a review was in order for the live-in requirement and two-week rule for domestic helpers employed in Hong Kong.
She said living with one's employers "should be a choice" and must be agreed upon by workers and their employers. -Rie Takumi/NB, GMA News