Verona Resort employees file complaint over unpaid wages

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Guam – Several Verona Resort Guam employees have filed a complaint with the Guam Department of Labor over unpaid wages.

David Dell’Isola, GDOL director, confirmed that around 17 employees came in and filed a complaint with the department. According to the employees, they did not receive their last paycheck.

“They looked for us to get a remedy and so we took all their statements down, and then we proceeded to call and work with Verona hotel,” Dell’Isola said.

Verona’s failure to pay its employees allegedly stemmed from a delay in a wire transfer from a partner.”They were working on it, and they were going to get it today (Tuesday), and they should have checks paid by this afternoon,” he said.

Dell’Isola said they are keeping tabs on Verona to see if they carry through with paying their employees as stated.

He said before GDOL can do anything the first issue that must be addressed is getting the employees paid. Once resolved, the department will take the next step.

According to Dell’Isola, the department looks at the intent of the business owner – whether malicious or not – to determine if a company is in clear violation of labor laws.

GDOL said they would investigate the frequency of the allegations. If Verona is a repeat violator and the hotel is unable to remedy these actions, then the department has an option to impose a fine.

At this point, the department is taking the necessary steps to ensure that pay less paydays don’t happen again.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.