Elizabeth Chambers and Ritz-Carlton pay fine in immigration law case
American TV personality Elizabeth Chambers and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman have paid an undisclosed fine, after Chambers was accused of working at one of the hotel’s cocktail parties without a work permit.
Chambers, 39, was formally charged with one count of engaging in gainful employment without a work permit, contrary to section 68(1) of the Immigration Act Review ( transition) (2021).
According to court documents, the charge stems from an incident on March 25, 2021, when Chambers allegedly hosted an event called “Sweets and Cocktails” at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Court documents say local officials received an anonymous tip three months after the cocktail party.
“Specifically, she allegedly hosted the aforementioned event whose tickets were on sale for $40.00 to $50.00 per person,” the court documents state.
The documents go on to state that in July, the Ritz-Carlton submitted a signed affidavit in which it stated that it had no intention of employing Chambers without a work permit and that their intention was for her to be an “independent entrepreneur”.
“In subsection 7 of their affidavit, it is also stated that in exchange for Ms. Chambers’ service at the event, she would receive a discounted rate to stay at the hotel long-term,” reads- one in the court documents. “This forms the basis of Ms Chambers’ accusation of working without a work permit because her ‘reward’ for hosting the event was a reduced cost in accommodation.”
Section 68(1) of the Immigration (Transition) Act states that anyone found guilty of working without a work permit “shall be liable on summary conviction for a first offense to a fine of five thousand dollars and imprisonment for one year”. .
Before Chambers could argue the charge, the case was dismissed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Both parties would have paid the administrative fines before the hearing date and therefore there was no legal basis to pursue the case,” said an ODPP member.
Court documents revealed that in July 2021, Chambers obtained a work permit from a company called Palm Productions Ltd as a sales and marketing trainer.
In response to a request for comment, the Ritz-Carlton told the Cayman Compass, “For privacy reasons, we do not comment on any individual or group.”
A representative for Elizabeth Chambers told the Compass“Elizabeth has not accepted any monetary incentive or other form of compensation for her partnership with The Ritz-Carlton. The mentioned event was organized in the spirit of helping to stimulate local businesses at a time when tourism was She considers the possibility of being able to live in the Cayman Islands as a privilege and has only ever sought to create ways to help the community.
Editor’s note: The title of this story has been updated to indicate that the case was dropped after the administrative fines were paid.
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