73-year-old Pinoy security guard in U.S. wins "overtime pay" law suit vs. employer, gets $425,000 settlement

InterAksyon.com reports that Filipino security guard Ernesto Salamante, now 73, worked for a jewelry distributor in Los Angeles for more than eight years.

InterAksyon.com reports that Filipino security guard Ernesto Salamante, now 73, worked for a jewelry distributor in Los Angeles for more than eight years. During that time, as the report revealed, Salamante’s employer, "in an obvious attempt to make him work way beyond the eight-hour shift without paying him overtime, provided him a trailer for his living accommodations inside the compound [where the jewelry store was located]." The employer gave Salamante "a monthly salary, instead of wages based on an hourly basis." In effect, Salamante ended up working 24/7 and was even tasked to clean the premises.

 

Eventually, as the InterAksyon.com report further revealed, "Salamante hired a prominent Glendale-based Filipino attorney named Joe Sayas, who was able to gather sufficient evidence that established the employer's violations of state and federal employment laws." Through Sayas’ efforts, Salamante got a settlement of $425,000. The report noted that it was "an unprecedented amount for a blue-collar position."

 

The report said that Salamante will use the money to fulfill his dream-which is to retire in the Philippines.

 

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