Hurley pays to keep maid quiet about working conditions

Elizabeth HurleyMultimillionaires Elizabeth Hurley and Indian husband Arun Nayar stand accused of paying their maid the equivalent of $200 a week for almost around-the-clock cooking, cleaning and baby-sitting, according to Britain’s Mirror and Daily Mail. Violet D’Souza says the couple paid as little as $2.33 an hour for up to 70 hours of work per week. D’Souza was set to take her case to an employment tribunal but at the last minute she was offered a five-figure settlement. Newspaper reports say D’Souza worked up to seven days a week, starting at 7:30 a.m. each day and sometimes lasting until 3 the next morning, with Hurley and Nayar paying her a weekly 8,000 rupees (yep, they paid her in Indian currency). The equivalent hourly rate worked out to between $2.33 and $3.10, well below Britain’s, legal minimum wage of $10.71. D’Souza brought an action of breach of contract after being dismissed by the couple last August, presumably after finally speaking up for herself.

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  1. Rudolph Ransom • February 21, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

    Hope the maid sues the couple for taking advantage of the woman, they were rich enough to pay well the maid, instead they abuse her, so I hope they end up paying for overtime…!

  2. Nancy • February 21, 2008 @ 1:35 PM

    UP to 70 hours per week…..not what I would call “almost around-the-clock” work!! But, that’s not the point so, yeah I hope the el-cheapoes have to cough up a small fortune to this woman and pay her legal fees….if she is telling the truth!! They probably paid her in Indian currency because it sounds like alot of money. I don’t understand why some people are so damn cheap!?!?

  3. Jerry Attrick • February 21, 2008 @ 2:02 PM

    I’m happy for them both.

  4. tributegirl • February 21, 2008 @ 3:01 PM

    Wonder why she didn’t look for another job? Sounds kinda weird to be working like a slave, yet staying until she got fired. And a five figure settlement? Sorry, but I’d be looking for six figures.
    Actually…I wonder if these people are related to my old boss? He was a cheap old son of a b*t*h too, I quit that job as soon as I could!

  5. Poppa John • February 21, 2008 @ 8:26 PM

    too much time on your hands…..

  6. leigh • February 22, 2008 @ 9:43 AM

    Its amazing how some stars take advantage of people. Its good that this lady stood up for herself. How the heck did she survive. Elizabeth and her husband should be ashamed of themselves. Well you know what they say, “What goes around comes around”.

  7. FART IF YOU LOVE CELINE • February 22, 2008 @ 10:27 AM

    I doubt she was taking the subway to work everyday; she was probably living in a mansion with all her needs attended to.

  8. Anonymous • February 22, 2008 @ 10:44 AM

    Working for rich ego’s and cheap ones at that would be a disgusting job

  9. Anonymous • February 22, 2008 @ 2:05 PM

    Sounds like the next big reality show…

  10. Arnold • February 23, 2008 @ 9:42 AM

    Fart If You Love Celine is still the best name on this site by far. Just cracks me up everytime I see it.

  11. kelly • February 23, 2008 @ 11:30 PM

    Wouldn’t you agree that Britain’s minimum wage should be paid in pounds? Dollars is a pretty irrelevant figure when both countries of North America have currencies called the dollar, valued (with the exception of recently) differently… Oh well – Rumour columns never really have been all too caught up on facts and accurate reporting.

  12. sk8tergirl • February 24, 2008 @ 8:56 AM

    This is obviously just a case of a disgruntled employee looking to make a quick buck off a previous celebrity association. Leave the rich and famous alone and they’ll do the same for you.

  13. tributegirl • February 24, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

    Oh yes, those poor souls. Not THEIR fault she agreed to work for $2.33/hour for 70 hours/week!

  14. double • February 25, 2008 @ 6:23 PM

    My thoughts exactly, sk8tergirl!

  15. Nancy • February 25, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

    The maid should have told Hurley off!

  16. Nancy • February 25, 2008 @ 7:29 PM

    Hee hee!

  17. Billy Hill • February 25, 2008 @ 10:48 PM

    What gives? This maid accepts Hurley’s hush money, then blabs to the press anyway. Obviously, she is unethical, unscrupulous, and NOT to be trusted. No wonder she was fired!

  18. Anonymous • February 26, 2008 @ 6:25 AM

    This would make for one sweet movie-of-the-week…

  19. tributegirl • February 26, 2008 @ 8:10 PM

    I’d have blabbed too! A five figure settlement? No Way!!! Six figures, NO LESS!!!

  20. Anonymous • February 27, 2008 @ 12:10 AM

    Why stop there, go for seven! Then blab you head off all the way to the bank and make sure you get a cut of any royalties for the “Maid” for TV movie rights.

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