GlobalCynex Inc., a Sterling information technology company, has agreed to pay $1,683,584 to 343 H-1B non-immigrant workers after a U.S. Labor Department (DOL) investigation found the company violated the H-1B visa provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
An investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that employees hired under the H-1B visa program were not paid required wages from March 2005 through March 2007. Wage and Hour Division investigators also found that the company charged new H-1B visa workers training fees ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 that were in violation of the law.
"This case underscores the firm stance the Wage and Hour Division is taking to ensure that employers do not undercut American workers by underpaying temporary foreign workers," said Corlis Sellers, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division's Northeast Region.
The H-1B visa program permits employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in professional occupations such as computer programmers, engineers, physicians and teachers. H-1B visa workers must be paid at least the same wage rates as are paid to U.S. workers who perform the same type of work or the prevailing wages in the areas of intended employment.
The Wage and Hour Division enforces the H-1B visa wage provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), in addition to other federal laws pertaining to wage payments.