Diaries surface in masseuses' back-pay claim

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 1999, 12:00am

Five masseuses demanding back pay from a sauna and massage parlour caused a stir in court yesterday when they produced diary entries logging their hours and pay on days worked more than three years ago.

The women, who were sacked by the now-defunct Windsor Sauna in Causeway Bay in November 1995, revised their claim for unpaid wages in light of the diary entries.

They are claiming for fewer days' pay but at a higher daily rate, saying their diaries show they usually received more when tips were taken into account. The women are now seeking $205,374.

Barrister Clive Grossman SC, for sauna owner Rebecca Ho Wai-ling, said for the women to produce their diaries at this late stage was 'unforgivable'.

His team would need time to go through them and would probably want to call a forensics expert as a witness to discuss their authenticity.

Deputy Judge Andrew Chung On-tak adjourned the Court of First Instance case until late June.