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Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools To Pay $4.2 Million For Labor Violations

Published by on July 13, 2011

Prince George’s County Public Schools (“PGCPS”) has agreed to pay $4.2 million in back wages to 1,044 workers following an investigation by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) that revealed that PGCPS had reduced the wages of H-1B workers by requiring them to pay certain fees associated with filing H-1B visa petitions.  More after the break. The […]

Prince George’s County Public Schools (“PGCPS”) has agreed to pay $4.2 million in back wages to 1,044 workers following an investigation by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) that revealed that PGCPS had reduced the wages of H-1B workers by requiring them to pay certain fees associated with filing H-1B visa petitions.  More after the break.

The H‑1B foreign workers program allows for the employment of foreign workers in specialty occupations, subject to certain requirements, including that the employer pay workers the higher of the wage rate paid to other employees with similar qualifications, or the local prevailing wage. The purpose behind this requirement is to help ensure that the wages of U.S. workers are not adversely affected.

The DOL investigation revealed willful violations of the law by PGCPS, resulting in $100,000 in civil penalties assessed along with a debarment period of two years. During the debarment period, PGCPS will be prohibited from filing new petitions for H-1B visas, requesting extensions, or making requests for permanent residency for workers under any employment-based visa program.

The DOL article can be found here.

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