A hotel manager dismissed by Wellington sex entrepreneurs the Chow brothers says he has not yet received a cent of the $119,237 awarded to him by the Employment Court three years ago.
After protracted mediation and drawn-out legal proceedings, the court found in 2009 that James Jesudhass was unfairly dismissed from his job as former general manager at Just Hotel on Willis St, four years earlier.
John and Michael Chow are best known for owning the Il Bordello and Splash clubs.
The Just Hotel was sold in 2008 and put into liquidation in 2009.
Yesterday Mr Jesudhass told The Dominion Post he had not received a cent since the court ruling.
Just Hotel was a legitimate hotel, Mr Jesudhass said. "They tried to use it as a brothel but I just refused.
"I didn't want anything to do with it but I wanted it run as a corporate hotel. I have no regrets.
"I stuck to my principles."
Mr Jesudhass, 60, had completed a masters degree in hospitality management since he moved his family to Dunedin five years ago but he had struggled to find work.
"The Chow brothers told me I would never find work if I took them to court and it looks like they were right. Whenever I apply, people Google my name and find out about the Employment Court ruling.
"I was the victim, of course, but they don't always see that."
He had spent more than $40,000 in legal costs taking the Chow brothers to court and was "elated" to hear the Government was taking legal action against the Chows for a transaction made from Just Hotel Ltd to the Chow Group Ltd in an alleged bid to avoid the Employment Court settlement.
The Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry confirmed it would take Chow Group Ltd to the High Court in Wellington in the next few weeks. The legal action relates to an insolvent transaction between the Chow Group and Just Hotel Ltd, a ministry spokesman said yesterday.
He would not disclose the amount of the transaction.
An insolvent transaction is one that is entered into when the company is unable to pay its debts and enables a party to receive payment for a debt that would more likely go to another party in the event of liquidation.
Insolvency reports state the company records show all assets were sold in December 2007 but "it appears the hotel was sold in 2008".
Neither of the Chow brothers could be contacted for comment.
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