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Florida staffing company owes NY workers $113,000

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Star One Staffing, based in Coral Gables, has agreed to pay $113,000 in back wages and damages to 70 Filipino workers to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Star One promised the workers jobs as waiters, waitresses and bus staff at exclusive Long Island country clubs for $10 per hour plus room and board. Instead, the workers said they were given substandard housing and then charged for room, board and transportation. They say the deductions resulted in pay as low as $170 for a month’s work.

In addition, Star One failed to pay overtime, the workers claim. One waitress said Star One removed the visas from employees’ passports so they couldn’t leave.

Michael Bomengo, manager of North Hills Country Club, which employed some of the workers, told the New York Daily News that the club paid an hourly fee for hospitality workers. “We presume they are paying their workers fairly, but we really have no way of determining that,” he said.

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