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Nanny takes her employer to court

Lilliane Namukasa left Uganda at 21 to make a new life in Canada as a live-in caregiver for two small children. But after working full time for two years, she was paid just $2,100, then fired without cause, forcing her into a homeless shelter, Namukasa says in a claim filed in Ontario Superior Court.

The Workers' Action Centre, a non-profit worker-based organization, says the case is one more example of wage theft.

The centre, which is holding a Queen's Park media conference today, is highlighting Namukasa's plight and that of another live-in caregiver, as part of its campaign to beef up the province's Employment Standards Act. It wants the cap on money recoverable under the act raised to $25,000 and the six-month time limit on monetary complaints increased to 31⁄2 years.

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