IT&E, former employee seek settlement conference


IT&E and a former employee who is suing it for alleged discrimination made a joint request to the federal court to set a settlement conference in the case.

PTI Pacifica Inc., which owns IT&E, and Terry Kingto, through their lawyers, asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI to schedule the case for a settlement conference before Judge Alex R. Munson on April 2, 2019.

PTI Pacifica and Kingto, through their respective counsel Sean E. Frink and Jose S. P. Mafnas Jr., said they have learned that Munson will be on Saipan and conducting settlement conferences during the first week of April.

Frink and Mafnas said Munson has an opening in his schedule to conduct a settlement conference in this case on April 2.

The two lawyers said they have conferred and determined that it is likely to be in the court’s best interest for the parties and their counsel to meet with Munson in order to try to resolve this case by mutual agreement.

The lawyers asked the court that the April 2 case management conference be rescheduled to mid-May 2019 so that the parties and their counsel may expend their energies on attempting to resolve the case by agreement rather than preparing for what will likely be a contentious litigation.

Kingto filed last year the discrimination lawsuit against PTI Pacifica and several of its employees for allegedly assigning her to Guam and subsequently terminating her because of her age.

Kingto, who is over 40 years old, is suing the defendants for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, and wrongful termination.

Kingto earlier asked the court to find the defendants to have wrongfully terminated her by unlawfully retaliating against her for opposing practices reasonably believed to be in violation of the ADA and ADEA.

The plaintiff has demanded payment of compensatory and punitive damages in the amount of $200,000. She sought payment of liquidated damages in an amount to be determined at trial for defendants’ violation of ADEA.

PTI Pacifica 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
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