A 20-year-old who had trouble getting to work on time has complained to the Manpower Ministry that her former employer cut $1 from her pay for every minute she was late.
Then, when she lost an Excel computer file she was working on and did not keep a back-up, the company cut 70 per cent of her $1,500 pay.
She said she refused to accept a pay cheque for just $311 - after deductions for being late and losing the file - but she then went unpaid for two months.
By early April, after receiving repeated "warning letters" chiding her for poor performance, she sent the company an e-mail saying she wanted to quit.
But under the terms of her one-year contract, she would have to pay three months' salary to leave ahead of time.
The company does not deny that it penalised her for being late and losing the computerised file, but claims it did so to make her buck up at work.
She is seeking to recover two months in unpaid wages and deductions for latecoming.
Both sides spoke to The Sunday Times on condition that they are not named, as the case is still before the ministry.