Exploitation Allegations Against Neymar: Former Domestic Worker Seeks Compensation
The Brazilian soccer star Neymar has been accused of “hidden work” by a former domestic worker who served at his previous residence in Bougival, near Paris, for a year and a half. The worker, a Brazilian woman, has filed a complaint in a labor court and is seeking 368,000 euros in compensation, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.
Violation of Labor Laws and Inhumane Treatment
Neymar allegedly subjected the worker to deplorable working conditions and violated basic labor laws between January 2021 and October 2022, as stated by the worker’s lawyers Caroline Toby and Vincent Champetie. They argue that the worker, who did not have a residence permit, was employed part-time but should have been classified as a full-time employee due to the number of hours worked.
The lawyers expressed their disappointment in Neymar’s lack of compassion, especially when he evicted the worker from her home just days before she gave birth prematurely, despite her complaints of pain. They also accused Neymar of blatantly disregarding legal protections related to motherhood.
Dismissal and Dire Consequences
The worker’s dismissal after giving birth left her in a state of destitution, exacerbated by her lack of registration with social services. The lawyers stated that they are considering pursuing the case in criminal court after seeking justice in the labor jurisdiction.
Work Duties and Supporting Evidence
The worker initially assisted Neymar during his 27th birthday party in February 2019 and later became a kitchen assistant. Since January 2021, she has been permanently employed by the soccer player. Her tasks ranged from cleaning to providing nail services to Bruna Biancardi, the partner of another soccer player.
The lawsuit is supported by exchanged messages between the worker and Neymar’s personal assistant, which serve as evidence of her employment at the player’s residence. The worker documented her working hours in a notebook, even though she did not receive a payslip. She worked 9 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, 6 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 hours on Sundays. The hourly rate was 15 euros, which doubled on holidays.