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Asked on: 9/18/13, 7:01 pm

I was recently working for a family at their home as a nanny. Part of my responsibility was to do laundry. When they moved into a rental property, the connection that the washing machine hose was supposed to connect to to drain properly was insufficient and the resulting solution I was asked to do was put the hose out of a window and drain the washing machine outside. Firstly, is it legal for her to request this of me? Secondly, if something were to happen where the water was not drained out of the window but rather onto the floor resulting in flooding the garage which contained personal items, can my employer sue me for damages/negligence? The flooding was an accident. I did not sign any contract that held me liable for damages done to her property. Please note that I offered to pull everything out of the garage to help try and dry it out and she said that accidents happen and I didn't need to worry about it. She is holding this over my head as an excuse to pay me late, not pay me in full, and neglect to pay my final check on time.

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