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Nov. 10, 2015 H1B Workers Underpaid

On Nov. 9, 2015 Wendy Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story about H1B workers being underpaid. The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division’s assistant district director Michael Eastwood revealed a federal judge ordered Scopus Consulting Group and Orian Engineers to pay $84,000 in back wages and $103,000 in fines. “In one case a worker earned $5,000 a month when the worker should have been paid $5,900 a month.” This is about an fifteen per cent cut in what are commonly already underpaid H1B positions. Many of the 85,000 workers are afraid to speak out. Apple, eBay, Cisco or other companies using Scopus or Orian have not responded to this article. Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live. Degreed professionals should be paid for their extraordinary skills no matter where they are from.

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