Ex-housekeeper sues Kenyan diplomat over pay

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Updated: 4/16 2:02 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former housekeeper has sued a Kenyan consular official alleging she took her passport and paid her a fraction of what she was promised after bringing her to work in Los Angeles.

Twenty-four-year-old Aqulina Mwelu George filed a civil lawsuit in federal court late Monday seeking six months of back pay and damages from her former boss.

The lawsuit alleges that consular official Angela Soila Kasaine agreed to pay George $9.27 an hour to care for her daughter and perform housework in a contract filed last year with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. Once she got here, George claims she was offered only $300 a month though she worked 11 hours every day.

A woman who answered a phone listed for Kasaine hung up Wednesday when called by The Associated Press.

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