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The House of Representatives on Tuesday, fined privately run Farmington Hotel the amount of $499.99 following a row over bad labor issues complained by local staffs, but dropped a contempt charge against the hotel.

During hearing on Tuesday, 13 March, the House ordered that the fine be paid with immediate effect the same day. Earlier on Thursday of last week, the House of Representatives charged the Farmington Hotel with contempt for not appearing in honor of a communication seeking the hotel’s response to complaints of bad labor practice against local staff at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County.

In addition to the Hotel’s failure to appearing on the day it was scheduled by the House, it had written a communication to the House that contained no contact or name for the signatory, thus provoking the lawmakers further.

But Farmington Hotel General Manager Richard Robaix informed the House on Tuesday, 13 March that the hotel’s Financial Manager forgot to put his name on the letter, saying he was very sorry for that.

After being quizzed by some Representatives, Mr. Robaix admitted to the lawmakers that he fled the country because he was afraid after receiving lawmakers’ communication ordering him to appear at the House. But he says he returned based on his lawyer’s advice.

The Hotel’s chief security officer Alvin S. Tapeh also wrote a letter of apology to the House for what transpired at the Farmington Hotel on the 23 February when he interrupted conversation between Rep. Ivan Jones and employees at the hotel.

After Mr. Robaix’s apology to the House for his failure to honor their call, Montserrado County District #8 Rep. Acarous Gray told his colleagues to drop the contempt charge against the hotel and go into the bad labor practice issue since the General Manager had apologized to them.

Meanwhile, Rep. Ivan Jones who took the complain to his colleagues against the hotel has thank the House of Representatives for looking into the plight of his people.

By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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