An employment agent was arrested early yesterday for allegedly threatening a maid after she filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against her former employer. The 35-year-old man was held shortly after midnight on suspicion of criminal intimidation based on a complaint by Beatriz Madriaga Cabanilla, one of his recruits from the Philippines. The agent's arrest came on the day that the case of Ms Cabanilla - who claims she was sacked because of her deformed left hand - was highlighted in the Post. A police spokesman said the agent had been released on $5,000 bail pending investigation. No charges have been laid. The agent, who operates in Kowloon, recruited Ms Cabanilla, 30, for a family in Tseung Kwan O earlier this month on a two-year contract at $3,670 a month. She began work on July 4 but was dismissed two days later - allegedly because of her deformity, which her employer saw when Ms Cabanilla was bottle-feeding the woman's one-year-old son. On Thursday, Ms Cabanilla, who was born with three fingers on her left hand, filed an equal opportunities case for unspecified damages against her former employer, who allegedly 'expressed revulsion' at seeing the hand. The ex-employer had said she would leave the case in the hands of the courts. Ms Cabanilla said she was resting at a maids' shelter in Mongkok when the agent turned up at about midnight. He allegedly made threats directed at her 10-year-old son in the Philippines and asked her to drop the case. Another maid at the shelter urged Ms Cabanilla to go to Mongkok police station with the agent. Police arrested the agent at the station.