An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools system in willful violation of the laws that govern the H-1B temporary foreign worker visa program. Investigators found that PGCPS illegally reduced the wages of 1,044 foreign teachers hired under the H-1B program by requiring the payment of $4,224,146 in fees.
The H-1B visa program requires that employers pay certain fees incurred when they utilize the program. Instead of paying these fees, PGCPS required the foreign teachers to pay them. As a result, the teachers' earnings were reduced below the amount legally required to be paid.
Due to the willful nature of some of the violations, PGCPS has been assessed $1,740,000 in civil money penalties and may be debarred from filing new petitions, requests for extensions or requests for permanent residency for foreign workers under any employment-based visa program.
US Department of Labor ordered $4.2 million in back wages be paid to 1,044 teachers and fined the school system $1.7 million in civil money penalties.