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Chief of Staff Fiu ordered to pay back wages to household worker

Fiu Johnny Saelua
Source: Talanei News Now

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the criminal case against the Governor’s Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua makes its way through the judicial process, the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor has concluded its investigation into claims of unpaid wages for a young woman who lived with and served the chief’s family.

The woman received nearly $9,000 in back wages as a result of the investigation.

A Labor Department spokesman told KHJ News the investigation covered the period from September 22, 2015 to October 1, 2016 and investigators found that the employer failed to provide a domestic worker any compensation beyond lodging and meals, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The spokesman added that the employer also failed to keep any records of hours worked.

The employer paid $8,914 in back wages found due, and the case was administratively closed by the end of 2017, said the DOL spokesman.

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