The Department of Labor says Maryland's Prince George's County school district owes $4.2 million in back wages to 1,000 foreign teachers, many of whom paid hefty recruiting fees in their home countries to be able to travel to the United States and land the jobs. The district also must pay a $1.7 million fine for breaking the law, the Labor Department says.
The law says the school district cannot employ workers with H1-B temporary visas if they pay the foreign teachers less than they do American ones. The recruiting and immigration legal fees paid by the teachers--most of whom are from the Philippines--reduces their total compensation to less than American teachers' and thus breaks the law, the Department found. The county said they won't renew the visas for "non-critical" teachers because of budget cuts this year, according to the Manila Bulletin.Read More »from School district must pay millions in back pay to foreign teachers