The complaint alleged that Ms Bhatia paid her domestic service worker, who had been identified in an earlier complaint as Sheela Ningwal, a fixed monthly salary of $400 plus food and housing at Ms Bhatia's home in San Juan Capistrano and other residences in Miami, Las Vegas and Long Beach.
Investigators found that the employee suffered "callous abuse" and retaliation, including being forced to sleep on a piece of carpet in the garage when ill, while Ms Bhatia's dogs slept on a mattress nearby. The complaint also alleged that Ms Bhatia confiscated Ms Ningwal's passport.
Ms Bhatia terminated the worker in December 2014 after she allegedly found her employee researching labour laws online, and after the worker refused to sign a document stating she was being paid an adequate salary and had no employment dispute with Ms Bhatia.
"This consent judgement underlines the department's commitment to protecting workers from exploitation," said Janet Herold, solicitor for the Department of Labour's Western Region.
"The department will take strong and immediate action to ensure that workers are protected against retaliation."