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ATHERTON, CALIFORNIA — A woman who spent four years working as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for an Atherton couple filed suit in federal court against her former employers today, charging that they violated labor laws by working her 14 hours a day, six days a week, without overtime pay or breaks.
In her suit, Vilma Serralta charged that she was paid $1,000 to $1,300 a month to scrub bathrooms, wash windows, vacuum, mop and dust the 9,000-square foot home, cook, serve meals, hand wash china and silver, launder and iron clothes, and bathe, dress and supervise the couple’s young daughter.
Serralta’s employers denied the allegations and declined to comment further on the suit.
In an interview, Serralta said she was not familiar with California wage and hour laws, which require overtime pay for work beyond 40 hours a week, and that the family did not inform her of her rights, as required by law. She said she stayed on with the family because she needed the job and became attached to the family’s 7-year-old daughter.
The suit asks for unpaid wages, liquidated damages and penalties, which Serralta’s attorney said could approach $120,000.