The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) had 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.
The court has also assigned the Department of Labor with the task of paying the dues of the construction employees hired by the company to construct the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel and Casino in Garapan.
While a payment of $300,000 has already been made, the remaining amount will be paid over a period for three years through an annual installment of $1.2 million. The entire payment has to be made by 2021.
It is not the first time the company and its subsidiary have been found violating labor laws. The Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd. had also been penalized before following an FBI raid which found that the company had illegal Chinese workers involved in the construction work at the site. It was fined $193,750 for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The Imperial Resort is yet under construction, and it is not yet clear when the development works at the luxury resort will be complete.