Motel kicks housekeeper out on street, must pay $10,000 in lost wages, damages

Claimed worker was independent contractor who didn’t require minimum wage
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/04/2016

An Ontario employer must pay a former employee more than $10,000 in lost wages and damages for pain and suffering after forcing her to work for below minimum wage — and then firing her when she asked to be paid fairly, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled.


Elitsa Teneva was hired on Jan. 25, 2014, to work as a housekeeper cleaning rooms at the Cloverleaf Motel in Oshawa, Ont. At the time, Teneva was homeless and receiving social assistance, so she had a verbal agreement with David McKeown, the manager, to deduct $250 per week from the money she earned for a room at the motel.