Aaron Halegua Helps Saipan Workers Obtain $14 Million Settlement

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Labor announced settlements totaling $14 million and covering over 2,400 workers with four Chinese contractors building the Imperial Pacific casino in Saipan. Many of these workers paid $6,000 or more to labor brokers in China, incurring significant debts with high interest rates, based on false promises of high-paying jobs in the United States. Instead, upon arriving in Saipan, the workers were stripped of their passports, forced to work long hours under dangerous conditions and paid below minimum wage. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also imposed significant fines against these contractors and the Department of Justice prosecuted several managers of these companies.