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Yaquinto, CUC settle lawsuit

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Tuesday dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit against Commonwealth Utilities Corp., filed by its former chief financial officer, Matthew J. Yaquinto.

The judge also dismissed CUC’s counterclaim and ordered both parties to bear their respective legal expenses.

Matthew Yaquinto

Yaquinto  and CUC have reached an agreement for dismissal with prejudice and will bear their own attorney’s fees and court costs.

Yaquinto is represented by attorney  Joseph Horey, and CUC, by its legal counsel James S. Sirok.

In Dec. 2017, Yaquinto filed a discrimination complaint against CUC, alleging he was fired as finance officer because he was a Caucasian.

Yaquinto sued CUC and unnamed officials for unlawful employment practices, violations of civil rights and due process, discrimination based upon race, color, and national origin and breach of contract.

CUC filed a counterclaim against Yaquinto, arguing that the former chief financial officer neither properly pled facts nor cited any federal statute that would support his claims.

In addition, CUC denied Yaquinto’s allegations that he was fired because of his national origin.

In its counterclaim, CUC said Yaquinto should be held liable to pay back $49,399 in unauthorized overtime payments, $10,000 moving expenses, court costs and attorney’s fees

CUC alleged that Yaquinto, for the period between July 22, 2015 and Nov. 14, 2016, calculated his time on his bi-weekly time sheets that included overtime not authorized by CUC’s then-acting executive director or the board of directors.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109885-yaquinto-cuc-settle-lawsuit

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