It is illegal to fire your house help without one month notice – Court Rules

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A Kisumu court has ruled that it is illegal to fire your house help without giving her a one month notice.

Justice Nduma Nderi ruled that termination of a domestic worker without prior notice is illegal in  case involving a domestic worker and her former employer.

In the case, Maureen Munahi who was earning a salary of Ksh. 3,000 moved to court to challenge the decision by her employer to terminate her services without a notice. Munahi, who was working in Eldoret, argued that her employer’s decision was unlawful and unfair.

She told the court that on December 30th 2026, she asked her then employer for a salary increment but her employer retaliated by laying her off.

Among the orders she wanted was her terminal benefits including unpaid leave days and unpaid public holiday worked for.

Justice Nderi, ruled that Munahi’s termination was for no valid reason and that the employer did not follow a fair procedure in terminating her services. He awarded Ksh. 279,964 as compensation.

“The claimant was underpaid and was victimized for asserting her right for salary increment,” the court ruled.

The judge further ruled that the house help was not paid her terminal benefits and was not given a certificate of service.

According to the judge, the employment laws state that you must give an employee, including a house help a one-month notice before sacking them or in the alternative pay them the equivalent of a one-month salary.

 

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