Disney Accused Of Abusing H-1 B Visa Program To Displace Its U.S. Workers

Disney Accused Of Abusing H-1 B Visa Program To Displace Its U.S. Workers

The purpose of the H-1B visa program is to authorize U.S. companies to recruit and employ foreign professional workers in a specialty occupation for a specified time period. The program contains specific standards to assure that use of the program does not not adversely affected U.S. workers, which Walt Disney World is now accused of doing. In separate lawsuits filed in the Middle District of Florida, Disney and the outsourcing companies it contracts with are accused of using the H-1B program as a fraudulent scheme to supplant American employees with temporary non-immigrant workers. The lawsuits came as the result of Disney’s termination of 250 of its tech workers, who were replaced with foreign workers that were sponsored by two global consulting companies, HCL and Cognizant. While companies that sponsor and import foreign workers in order to place them on the workforce of U.S. businesses have become a source of controversy surrounding the H-1B program, the two lawsuits represent the first time American workers have gone to federal court over the issue, claiming the arrangement is simply a collaboration to use the program as a way to displace U.S. workers.

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