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November 28, 2005
Computer Staffing Firm to Pay $2.65M to Settle DOL Complaint

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 law.

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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.

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