Company ordered to pay $6.2K in unpaid wages


The CNMI Department of Labor in early February ordered a rental company to pay an employee $6,200 in unpaid wages.

Labor hearing officer Jerry Cody ordered ABO International Corp., which does business as ABO Rent-a-Car, to pay Pandiyan Sevugan $6,200 in unpaid wages, as per an oral agreement

Both parties had agreed in the summer of 2015 that Sevugan would work for the company for a monthly salary of $1,500.

Despite the agreement, the company’s president, Bo Zhong, reportedly paid Sevugan only $1,000 in January 2016. Sevugan was only paid $500 monthly from February to June 2016.

When Sevugan brought the issue up with Zhong, Zhong promised to pay him, saying he is just awaiting money. But it never happened and in July 2016, Sevugan did not receive any wages at all.

He ultimately left the company on July 24, 2016.

Despite their time working together, Zhong did not have any supporting timekeeping documents with him, and neither did Sevugan.

Even during the times that Sevugan was paid, the company did not provide detail of his work hours, contrary to what the CNMI Minimum Wage and Hour Act requires of employers.

In all, the company was ordered to pay Sevugan a total of $6,200.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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