Computech, Inc., has agreed to pay $2,250,000 in back wages to 232 computer professionals
and a $400,000 fine to settle allegations that the company violated immigration
Investigators from the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division alleged that
Computech, a Southfield, Michigan, firm that places computer professionals at
locations throughout the United States, brought non-immigrant H-1B workers into
the U.S. but failed to pay them the minimum required wage rates in the areas
where they were employed. The investigators also said that Computech frequently
"benched" the workers without compensation contrary to the rules of
the H-1B program.
The settlement, approved by a U.S. Labor Department administrative law judge,
orders the company to pay $2,250,000 to 232 foreign workers and a $400,000 fine
in addition to the back wages. The company is also prohibited from participation
in the H-1B visa program for 18 months.
The H-1B visa program allows foreign workers to enter and work temporarily
in the United States in professional level jobs such as computer programmers,
engineers, medical doctors and teachers. H-1B workers must be paid at least
the same wage rates and benefits as those paid to U.S. workers already doing the same job in the same area.