Imperial Pacific, the Hong Kong-based developer, constructing the Saipan integrated casino resort has been sued for sexual harassment and sex discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern Marianas, the Commission has made serious allegations of sexual harassment of some female staff. The lawsuit accuses the developer of coercing and forcing women staff into unwanted physical and verbal sexual harassment by ‘high roller’ and VIP patrons of the casino.
According to the allegations in the lawsuit, the women staff were forced to swim in bikinis with male customers. They also alleged untoward behavior from male VIP gamblers who would repeatedly engage in unwanted touching, sexual comments and pressure to have sex.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) won the lawsuit filed against the Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiary, Imperial Pacific International. The USDOL had alleged that the company had violated the US Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Northern Mariana District Court has now ordered that the Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd. should pay a total of around $3.36 million to USDOL for pending wages of workers at and other fines.
The order comes as a part of the consent judgment.