26 May 2011

Sacked port workers in American Samoa try to get jobs back

10:26 am on 26 May 2011

Five port workers in American Samoa who were fired in connection with maritime drug testing rules are trying to get their jobs back.

Four workers who had refused to take mandatory drugs tests and five others who tested positive for drug use, lost their jobs.

The workers have hired a lawyer who's written to Port director Matagi McMoore issuing a general denial of their termination.

They have asked for the opportunity to present evidence at an oral hearing.

American Samoa government regulations provide that career employees can appeal their suspension, involuntary demotion, or removal.