Labor department files lawsuit against Hong Kong Entertainment

The CNMI Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd for allegedly failing to comply with their settlement agreement in relation to the non-payment of wages to Dynasty’s workers.

According to the Saipan Tribune, Hong Kong Entertainment has allegedly failed to pay $416,241.37 in liquidated damages that were assessed for non-payment of wages to Dynasty’s over 500 current and former workers.

Assistant attorney general Michael Witry, counsel for Labor has requested the court to issue an order in aid of judgment, providing for the transfer of certain Dynasty assets at a price to be determined by the court.

As an alternative, Witry also asked the court to order for the sale of certain Dynasty assets and payment of the net proceeds to Labor.

In February, a judgement found HKE in violation of labor laws and required the company to make payments to its employees of approximately $1.3 million in back pay and approximately $416,000 in liquidated damages.

While HKE completed its payment of the back wages on March 15, 2016 – it did not do so for its liquidated damages by the same due date.