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Ex-director of operations sues IPI

JOSHUA Gray, a former director of operations for Imperial Pacific International, sued the casino operator for illegal termination.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday, Gray alleged that IPI terminated his employment contract because of his complaints regarding IPI’s “immigration policy.”

He is seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial, and other relief.

Represented by attorney William M. Fitzgerald, Gray is claiming wrongful termination, two counts of wrongful failure to hire, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In July 2015, Gray was recruited by IPI as its director of operations and had worked satisfactorily, his lawsuit stated.

In June 2016, Gray said he applied for the position of vice president of hotel operations. He said he was never given an interview even though he was the most qualified, but instead IPI “simply gave the position to another person, a citizen of Singapore.”

In March 2017, Gray said he applied for the position of vice president of talent and property management, but IPI never gave him an interview, and again simply gave the position to another Singapore citizen.

In late 2017, Gray said he complained to IPI management that it was “violating the immigration law and public policy of the CNMI by failing to hire qualified U.S. and local applicants for jobs.”

Gray alleged that IPI implemented a policy of recruiting non-U.S. citizens solely from Asian countries and employing them instead of qualified U.S. citizens.

He said IPI did not receive his complaints well. Instead, the management advised him to stop questioning the company’s policy if he wanted to keep his job. But he refused to be silent.

On Jan. 24, 2019, IPI fired Gray. He said his employment contract was terminated without reason or justification, alleging that the termination was in retaliation for his numerous complaints.

Gray said IPI’s actions were intentional and malicious, which caused him to suffer and continues to suffer from lost wages and other consequential damages including anxiety and severe emotional distress.