600 Filipino construction workers hired to build casino-resort in Saipan
In Saipan, a casino resort in construction has recently hired close to 600 construction workers from the Philippines.
The workers arrived in Saipan — the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States — on H2-B visas to help build the Imperial Palace Resort and Casino.
The workers were hired by Imperial Pacific international, which has in the past has been accused of hiring contractors that violated workers contracts, paying less than minimum wage, according to the US Department of Labor.
According to the 2010 US census, more than 35 percent of Saipan’s population is of Filipino descent.