A maid who is taking legal action against her employer was sacked for mistreating a previous employer's seven-year-old child, the District Court heard yesterday. Amie Camacho, 28, allegedly poured scalding water on the daughter of her former employer, Yung Ping-yin, and burned the child's leg with a hair-dryer, the court was told. When cross-examined by John McLanachan, representing the defendant, lawyer Helen Chung Yee-fong, Ms Camacho said she had 'unintentionally' burned the child with the hair-dryer. She denied she had ever hurt the child with hot water. Ms Camacho agreed that she did not get along well with the little girl because the child was 'too naughty'. Ms Camacho said she had not been told the reason behind for her termination of contract. After she was sacked, she brought proceedings against the Yung family in the Labour Tribunal over claiming of expenses incurred in processing the documents allowing her to work in Hong Kong. The claim was dismissed and the tribunal ordered her to pay $1,000 costs. In the present case, Ms Camacho and Lenita Hernandez, 30, claim Ms Chung, 46, forced them to work up to 17 hours a day while she contested the Urban Council and Legislative Council elections last year. They said they received no pay for extra work on Sundays. They are suing Ms Chung for $171,593 in damages for breach of contract. Mr McLanachan told the court Ms Camacho had been fired by the Yung couple because the maid had ill-treated their daughter and failed at her job as a domestic helper. Judge Andrew Chung ruled a tape Ms Camacho secretly recorded three days before she quit the job was admissible, although there were breaks in the taping. The first 20 minutes were played. It revealed Ms Chung instructing Ms Camacho how to distribute pamphlets and what to wear during the Legco election campaign. The hearing continues.