Business doesn't stop at the Saudi Arabian border for Neymar. While the Brazilian is recovering from another serious knee injury, he has seen his Parisian past catch up with him from a legal point of view. As announced by our colleagues at Le Parisien on November 15, the former PSG number 10 has been summoned to the labor court of Saint-Germain-en-Laye for concealed work by one of his former domestic workers.
The latter, a 35-year-old Brazilian woman, without papers, assures, with supporting documents, that the Austrian international would have illegally employed her seven days a week, and this for more than a year and a half, from January 2021 to October 2022, without declaring her and paying her salaries only in cash.
"Neymar exploited our client's precariousness to impose undignified working conditions on her, in violation of the elementary rules of labor law," the plaintiff's lawyers, Caroline Toby and Vincent Champetier, wrote in a statement sent to AFP. Dismissed by the player in October 2022, when she was pregnant with her fourth child, she is now claiming 368,000 euros
"I was left without any support"
Since the case came out, the complainant has spoken for the first time about her working conditions and her dismissal in the columns of the Brazilian newspaper Record. "In 2018, me, my ex-husband and my three children came to France. I met a friend and she directed me to work at Neymar's residence. First, it was at the pre-White Party he was hosting at his residence with friends, she says. They then asked me to stay longer in the house and I agreed because I needed to. It's not easy being a single mother with four children. On weekends, I worked all night. Since I had to go home early the next morning, I slept there. But I've never received a night bonus."
Then comes the day of "thanks". "One day, the secretary called me and said, 'Here's your salary, you don't need to come anymore, take care of your personal life [my pregnancy],'" she said. They then told me to go get my money from the security guard at the main entrance. I was left without any support. I even had my electricity cut off for a week. »
With no resources or news since her last phone call with the player's secretary, the former domestic worker turned to the Secours populaire, the Restos du Cœur but also the association Femmes de la résistance, which helps Brazilian women in precarious situations or victims of domestic violence.
- Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG)
- Illegal work
- Working conditions