Dec 18, 2006, 4:41 PM
Post #14 of 82
Be careful in paying someone too much in Mexico.... you can open their expectations that every year you are going to give more and more, and if you find yourself in a position that you can't do it any more, that person may turn against you.
We had a gardner working for us, for about 1.5 years, we gave them twice through xmas, his bonus or 'aguinaldo', the first time the required 1/2 month salary, the second time we gave him a full month. This guy turned into a drunk, and I eventually had to fire him for 'cause', or so I thought.......
This person is now suing me for all kinds of things, including stating that he was working for me before I even bought the property, he also claims that his wife worked for us as a maid since 2001, and that we never gave her days off nor vacations..... she actually NEVER worked for us at all. To make this story short, we are in the middle of an official labor lawsuit, going on our next court date next month.
These people were the nicest you can imagine, we gave them everything we could, new and used items, gifts from USA whenever we went there, gifts for their daughters and granddaughters, and all it took was for something to go the wrong way, and now we are up to our necks in alligators.
Moral of the story.... NEVER be too nice, maintain the employer-employee line well marked, and if you ever want to dismiss someone, contact a lawyer, so there can be witnesses and legal documents drawn to avoid a lawsuit. At this point, we are looking at loosing around 30,000 US dollars if we don't win on the labor relations board suit.... we are going to loose around 5,000 dollars in lawyers fees regarldess, before this thing is through.
I have been coming and going between Mexico and the USA for 60+ years, and let me tell you, there is no such thing as the antigüedadpayment that you are mentioning. Some big companies may give them a 25 year bonus or gift, such as they do in the USA, but the individual person hiring house help never do.
As I said, beware of increasing their expectations !
(This post was edited by ignacio on Dec 18, 2006, 4:48 PM)