ARE H-1B WORKERS BEING EXPLOITED?
March 4, 2019
A recent piece by Bloomberg law suggests that H-1B workers entering the US, particularly in the IT sector, are potentially being exploited by consulting firms. The piece, founded mostly on anonymous sources to protect workers from retaliation, claims that some H-1B immigrants are being forced to work 80 hours (twice the standard work week) for no additional overtime pay, and are also functionally unable to take sick days or vacation days.
This comes at a time when IT companies are facing a major crunch, as several lawsuits have recently been filed claiming that the current US administration is attempting to prevent the flow of skilled immigrants from entering the US, particularly in the IT consulting industry.
Workers who enter the US on an H-1B visa are required to have the same working conditions as US workers. Companies involved in these allegations have denied wrongdoing.
It is important for those attempting to enter the US on a visa, or those already working on a visa, to have qualified legal counsel to help ensure the optimal transition to living and working the United States. It is especially important to ensure that the companies offering positions are vetted, particularly with recent sting operations targeting fraudulent recruiters and visa advisors.