An employee of Rome Research Corp. in the Northern Mariana Islands is suing the company for discrimination based on national origin and race and for retaliation. In a complaint filed with the District Court of the NMI on Feb. 5, Rome Research Corp. is accused of terminating an employee after it was discovered he had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Eric Agulto Borja, who had been employed by the company since 2005, alleges that he was subject to verbal abuse of a racial nature by General Manager Paul Gordon, who was hired in 2013. Borja alleges he made attempts to resolve the conflict internally with upper management. His efforts resulted in a demotion and cut in salary. Borja then submitted a complaint with the EEOC and was terminated by Rome Research Corp. once the company received the notice of the charge of discrimination. The EEOC issued Borja a notice of right to sue on Nov. 17, 2014.
Rome Research Corp. is based in New York and has operations in Saipan and Tinian providing information technology consulting services. mbj