Public School District agrees to pay $4.2 million in back wages for violations of H-1B temporary foreign worker program
The H-1B visa program requires that employers pay certain fees, including an anti-fraud fee and a training fee, when they utilize the program. Instead of paying these fees and other costs associated with recruiting H-1B workers and filing their visa petitions, This School District required the foreign workers to pay them. As a result, the workers’ earnings were reduced below the amount legally required to be paid. The ruling is controversial though, because as a result of the fine and restrictions on future H-1B filings, many of the teachers will lose their jobs.