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The Tribunal was told that Annabelle Manwaring, a director with the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chelsea, had brought Sujatha from India where she used to work for Ms. Manwaring's great aunt. Her husband, Michael worked as a management consultant and the couple had a six-figure income and live in a six-bedroom house in Highgate, London.
Sujatha began work at 7 a.m. and went on until at least 9.30 p.m., seven days a week. She cooked, cleaned and cared for the couple and their four daughters, aged from five to 17.
The Tribunal was told that she rarely received the full wages. She had come to London in 1998 and after getting the work permit, she was entitled to the minimum wage (£ 4.50 per hour) which came into force in 1999. But she was paid less than one pound per hour.
Ms. Manwaring claimed in her defence that the maid was treated like a family member leaving no obligation to pay the full rate. But the Tribunal found that Sujatha was like a slave and rarely included in the family's activities.
She told the court: ``I had to work long hours and I felt very lonely. I carried on working there because I didn't know what to do.'' UNI
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