Daily Archives: June 25, 2012

Assumptions Kill the Cat (At Least in the Workplace)

In the workplace, curiosity does NOT, as they say, “kill the cat.”  To the contrary, if you are in a workplace dispute, curiosity is a GOOD thing.  Curiosity will cause you– before you take action– to take time to pause, gather more information, learn what is truly going on, and hopefully learn from credible sources what options you truly have.  These are good things.  Curiosity is a good instinct to have when you are in a risky situation, like a workplace dispute, and you don’t know the full ramifications of what’s going on.

Unfortunately, when I encounter workers who had had workplace disputes, and who are seeking my legal advice as a result of those disputes, all too often those workers had not had enough curiosity back while they were interacting with the employer.  That is, many workers who get into workplace disputes make assumptions and act on those assumptions.  Worse, those assumptions usually turn out to be wrong, and in fact harmful– with workers commonly losing their jobs, their unemployment benefits, their legal claims, etc.– in part or in whole due to those assumptions.

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H-1B Body Shop Ordered To Pay More Than $740,000 in Back Wages

An H-1B IT body shop in Georgia was ordered to pay $741,288 in back wages to 73 employees who were unlawfully benched or required to pay visa and application processing fees.

The Department of Labor ordered Semafor Technologies LLC in Norcross to pay the back wages following an investigation into allegations of its unlawful practices. In addition to imposing back wage payments, DOL also has required the company to implement new payroll and time-keeping procedures to ensure future compliance with the H-1B program.

The company specializes in software development, on-site/off-site application outsourcing, infrastructure, consulting and product development services.

The DOL press release on the order is available here:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/media/press/whdpressVB2print.asp?pressdoc=Southeast/20120612.xml

If you have been unpaid or benched by your employer, you may have claims. You can learn more about your rights by talking to a competent attorney.

For more information about the legal services we offer H-1B workers, see our page here.

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