Maids to sign non-disclosure agreements
By - | November 5th 2012
By Mark Mutahi
To protect employers from having their dirty linen aired in public, an unskilled labour employment agency is now calling for the signing of non-disclosure agreements between house helps and their employers.
Without this, employers remain at the mercy of houseboys and girls who potentially hold what could turn out to be very embarrassing secrets, warns the agency.
A study commissioned by the agency found that men usually have more at stake and are the ones who should be very keen on ensuring that if they have a domestic help in their household, he or she signs the non-disclosure agreement at the earliest opportunity.
“You don’t want your house help going about telling the neighbours that you pee in the fridge when drunk,” Jules Kabolo the managing director of the employment agency points out.
“That is stuff that could make you leave the neighbourhood. Or even be left with no choice but to move to a neighbouring country because of the embarrassment.”
Other stuff that would be especially discomforting to men could include information leaking out that the lastborn does not resemble them and yet there is nothing they can do about it. Or that whenever they have a fight with the wife, they get kicked out of the bedroom and end up sleeping on the sofa, explaining the constant neck pains, and lately, the stoop in their walk.
It is also no self-respecting man’s cup of tea to have gossip milling around the estate that he has lost authority not just with the children, but also even with the domestic pets.
“If your drinking buddies come to learn that you are ‘sat on’ and that you are not the lion of the house that you are always claiming to be, you will lose your position at the boys table and be quickly replaced with someone more manly. Who wants that?” poses Kabolo.
Women on the other hand would have little to lose if the house help went revealing secrets. Unless of course the domestic help came across such personal documents as a passport or an identification card and is inclined to reveal that the woman of the house is actually 15 years older than she claims to be.
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On the other hand, such matters as paying the house help peanuts despite projecting an aura of affluence are not juicy enough since it happens everywhere and every day.
While some employers were thrilled because the non-disclosure agreements would go as far as barring the domestic help from considering, leave alone contemplating, writing a book about them, the house helps that were interviewed were not too happy about it.
“What do you mean I can’t go talking about my ki-boss?” posed one house help who was clearly not amused by the proposed developments. “If you take that away from me, what do you leave me with to entertain my friends? And even after I am sacked what proof will I have that I worked for someone if I don’t take some juicy gossip back to the village? I can’t be discussing Naija movies all the time. It’s unfair o-oh!”
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