In a settlement agreement signed this month in connection with H-1B wage violations, Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) system must reimburse more than 1000 teachers $4.2 million in H-1B application fees and pay a $100,000 fine. The Department of Labor and USCIS have also barred the school system from filing applications for work visas for two years.
Workers involved in Wisconsin unemployment proceedings are often tempted to play the "blame game."
If you're an employee in an employment dispute or legal dispute, you will be tempted- very tempted- to describe events in terms of adjectives or conclusions, i.e. labels.
H-1B employees who have been benched without pay or underpaid often are reluctant to complain against their employers because they fear they will be fired and lose their immigration status.
The H-1B employees who were originally indicted as co-conspirators in connection with Vision Systems work visa fraud scheme have either plead guilty to reduced charges or had charges dismissed last year. Apparently, these results were in exchange for the H-1B workers cooperating with the investigation and prosecution of their employer.
The H-1B Legal Rights Blog posted an article in February 2009 about the two owners of the now defunct IT services firm Vision Systems. The owners pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with submitting a fraudulent H-1B petition, and they were sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $236,250 in restitution to USCIS.
If you're a worker who believes you're owed unpaid wages, there are a few pressing things to consider upfront, such as: (1) learning legal deadlines that may apply; and (2) promptly organizing information and documents that describe the unpaid wage issues, i.e. getting your ducks in a row.
I recently attended a Wisconsin State Bar seminar, where speaker Egil "Bud" Krogh spoke of his experience as a former Nixon administration attorney, and his admitted involvement in illegal decisions. As noted in a WI Bar article:
Readers interested in H-1B worker issues may already know of many websites with information about H-1B employers and H-1B filings. But in case you haven't heard, below are some websites with H-1B-related information that may be of interest.