Guest worker sues employer

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Posted on Sep 14 2000

A Bangladeshi national has sued his employer in the U.S. District Court for alleged nonpayment of wages and breach of contract in violation of federal labor laws.

Jahir, through attorney Jay H. Sorensen, filed the civil complaint against businessman George L. Teregeyo, owner of Vicky’s Apartment.

According to court documents, while working for the building maintenance since March 1997, the defendant has “failed, refused, and neglected” to pay him all of the wages due at minimum wage rate as well as overtime pay.

Mr. Jahir is now demanding compensation, including the unpaid wages and liquidating wages of the same amount as well as attorney fees and litigation costs.

The complaint was brought to the federal court in violation of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act, the Minimum Wage and Hour Act and the CNMI Nonresident Workers Act.

The defendant, who could not be reached for comment, has within 20 days to respond to the charges.

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