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Court Orders Future Brazilian Minister of Labor to Pay Labor Debt

01/05/2018 - 11h28

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FROM RIO

Future Brazilian minister of labor, Cristiane Brasil (PTB-RJ), was ordered to pay a labor debt to a driver who provided services to her family for three years. She also signed an agreement with another driver in order to prevent new adverse judgment.

Both cases were closed this year, and she was ordered to pay a total of R$ 74,000 (US$ 22,000). The amount is related to overtime, vacation, 13th month salary, FGTS (unemployment benefit fund), severance pay and fines. The case was revealed by the website "G1".

The proceeding against Cristiane Brasil was filed by driver Fernando Fernandes Dias. He claims he had worked for the future minister of labor between November 2011 and December 2014 without any records in his work and social security card.

The driver also claims he had to work 19 hours a day, five times a week.

Cristiane Brasil did not testify and sent a representative to the hearing, who was not fully aware of the facts. The award was calculated at R$ 60,500 (US$ 18,700) and has not been fully paid.

Driver Leonardo Eugênio de Almeida Moreira worked for the congresswoman's family between June 2014 and October 2015. He claims he was hired without any records in his work and social security card and that he was dismissed without severance pay.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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