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US Firm Fined For Paying Less To H1-B Visa Employees

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Redmond-based information technology staffing company was asked to pay over $300,000 to its 12 H-1B employees for paying them far below their salary. The tech firm has also been fined over $45,000 for violating the labour provisions. US Department of Labour Wage and Hour Division (WHD) during an investigation found the company, which has offices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, violated the labour provisions of the H-1B visa programme by paying its guest workers far below the required wages. Investigators found that the company paid entry-level wages to H-1B computer analysts and computer programmers who performed the work of much more experienced employees and should have received higher prevailing rates intent of the H-1B foreign labour certification program is to help American companies find the highly skilled talent they need when they can prove that a shortage of US workers exists,” said Wage and Hour Division Acting District Director Carrie Aguilar in Seattle.The resolution of this case demonstrates our commitment to safeguard American jobs, level the playing field for law-abiding employers, and ensure no one is being paid less than they are legally owed, Wage and Hour Division has listed nearly 30 companies as willful violator employers under the H-1B programme.

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