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Staffing company owes $113,000 to Long Island club workers

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Star One Staffing has agreed to pay $113,000 in back wages and damages to 70 Filipino workers who served as waiters, waitresses and bus staff at exclusive Long Island country clubs.

According to charges filed by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Florida-based Star One promised the workers $10 per hour plus room and board. Instead, the workers received substandard housing and were charged for room, board and transportation, resulting in pay as low as $170 for a month’s work.

Star One further 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.

Many of the workers expressed sharp disappointment that Star One was not penalized or banned from operating in New York.

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