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US court allows lawsuit against hotel to proceed

THE District Court for the NMI has permitted a foreign employee to proceed with his racial discrimination lawsuit against Saipan World Resort Hotel.

Sathiyapalan Kalarikkal, 53, a masseuse from India whose CW-1 permit was not renewed by World Resort, is representing himself.

In her order, Chief Federal Judge Ramona V. Manglona said nothing in the complaint indicates that the lawsuit is frivolous or malicious.

She said Kalarikkal has stated a claim of employment discrimination for which relief may be granted.

The judge also noted that Saipan World Resort is not immune to money damages.

She permitted Kalarikkal to proceed with his lawsuit based on his single claim of Title VII employment discrimination.

The judge likewise authorized the U.S. Marshal Service to serve the complaint and summons to World Resort.

In a handwritten complaint, Kalarikkal is asking the court to award him punitive damages.

He believes that World Resort’s decision not to renew his CW-1 permit is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

He said he suffered unemployment and severe trauma to himself and his family

Variety was unable to get a comment from World Resort.