A maid took her employer, a resident of the posh Sujan Singh Park here, to court after she was asked to vacate the servant quarter in which she was residing for the past 23 years in employment.
A Delhi court decided the issues in negative. Additional District Judge (ADJ) Vrinda Kumari termed “frivolous” the argument of the woman that even if she, her husband and their child were allowed to stay in the premises on account of employment, there was no agreement that they will have to vacate it on termination of employment.
She was employed as a maid in 1993 and her family stayed in the servant quarter. In May, 2012, the woman with her family went to Bangalore for a month to attend a wedding but did not return.
Since the employer was in need of another domestic help, they required the servant quarter to be vacated. However, instead of vacating the quarter, she issued a legal notice in January 2013 demanding wages to the tune of Rs.10 lakh for the past 23 years.
“Trial court has rightly observed in the order regarding claim of the appellants qua arrears of wages that this claim, if true, cannot be a basis to retain possession or occupation of the suit premises which was merely permissive in nature,” the ADJ held.