Domestic workers in Kuwait: Q& A with Atty. Fajer Ahmed

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Domestic workers in Kuwait can sometimes have tough jobs. They work in large houses with big families running errands from cleaning, washing, cooking, and entertaining the children for exceptionally low salaries. We should be grateful for them, yet some people take advantage of them, or even worse, speak about them or refer to them as commodities, selling them back and forth or putting up ads referring to their domestic worker as property.

Question: I know that hiring a domestic worker is a responsibility and it is my first time. What advice can you give me?

  1. They should not be working more than 12 hours a day, that means the other 12 hours they can do what they want.
  2. They deserve bonuses, termination indemnity, and other monetary benefits.
  3. Please make sure that any domestic worker that you hire get to keep her passport.
  4. They should have a day off once a week. This is the law. Please let them go where they want.

Source Credit: Kuwait Times
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