Employee owed over $10K in wages


The CNMI Department of Labor has ordered a car rental company to pay an employee $10,772.23 for 11 months’ worth of unpaid wages.

ABO International Corp., which does business as ABO Rent-a-Car, was ordered to pay Teresita Reyes $7,227.44 for services from September 2015 to August 2016, when Reyes quit her job.

DOL found Reyes is owed a total of $10,772.23. She was first hired as a cleaner from 8am to 5pm. However, after a few months, she was required to come in the weekends to do work not expected of her at the time of her hiring.

Reyes believed that she is owed at least more than the agreed $300 per month as first discussed. Her employer, referred to as Zhong, was also found to not be reliable in employee timekeeping as discovered by a DOL investigator handling the case.

Reyes held her own records of her work hours and presented it to the DOL as evidence.

In essence, Reyes was supposed to receive a payout of over $10,772.23. However, DOL regulations only allow complainants to collect up to six months of unpaid wages.

She will receive $7,227.44.

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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