Discrimination suit vs Mobil dismissed


The federal court dismissed on Monday the discrimination lawsuit filed against Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc. by a man who alleged that he was not hired as a field engineering technician because of his race and national origin.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona dismissed Nicolas Guy Pohl’s lawsuit after the parties agreed to voluntarily drop the case.

Each party shall bear its own attorneys’ fees, court costs, and expenses.

Exxon Mobil Corp. has previously been dismissed with prejudice from the lawsuit, which means Pohl can no longer re-file his claims against Exxon Mobil.

Pohl and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands agreed that all claims in the case are dismissed without prejudice, which means Pohl may re-file the case in the future.

Matthew Holley is counsel for Pohl. Richard L. Johnson and Thomas E. Clifford are lawyers for Mobil Oil Mariana Islands.

In his complaint in 2016, Pohl sued Exxon Mobil, Mobil Oil Mariana Islands, and five John Does for discrimination based on race and national origin. He demanded back pay with interest plus compensation and damages.

Pohl alleged that defendants discriminated against him by not hiring him for the position of field engineering technician and that Mobil hired a non-Caucasian, non-American for the job.

Pohl said he is an American Caucasian and qualified for the job.

In October 2017, Manglona dismissed Pohl’s original complaint against Exxon Mobil with prejudice for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Mobil Oil has denied the allegations.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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