Archive for the tag 'H-1B Employee Rights'

Want to Negotiate With an Employer You Distrust? Consider Talking to a Trusted Third Party First

You may be in a situation where (1) an employer has violated your trust in the past, and you are uncomfortable with that employer; but (2) you still need something from that employer– their payment of overdue wages, their approval of a pending administrative request, etc. Often, I see employees in this situation– that is, […]

Common Assumptions by H-1B Workers that Are Wrong

Image via Wikipedia Many underpaid H-1B workers make assumptions about their situation that (while understandable)  are incorrect. Below are several assumptions we have heard from H-1B employees that are wrong.  If you have been making the assumptions below, you may be stopping yourself from improving your situation.

Benched A Long Time? Still Stay In Regular Contact With H-1B Employer

Image by iBrow via Flickr If you are an H-1B worker who has been benched for months and months, despite your best efforts to find a project, you may find yourself  communicating less and less with your H-1B employer.  Maybe you’ve even stopped contact altogether. Please know you should not reduce communications with your H-1B […]

Benched or Underpaid H-1B Wages? The Importance of Acting Promptly

Image via Wikipedia If you’re an H-1B worker who has been benched or otherwise underpaid wages, and you’re interested in trying to address your problems, you should consider acting promptly.  Promptly educate yourself about the legal options you have, and promptly take action.  If you take take the right actions at the wrong time (i.e. […]

Is Your H-1B Employer Threatening or Harassing You Because You Complained? Consider These Things.

Image by 96dpi via Flickr If you complained to your H-1B employer because they committed wrongs– such as making you pay H-1B filing fees and benching you without pay– you may find the employer has compounded the problem by threatening or harassing you because of your complaint. The law prohibits an employer from retaliating against […]

Want to Post to a Message Board About an H-1B Employer? Think Twice, and Count to Ten

If you are thinking about all your problems with your H-1B employer, and want to tell the world- or, tell Facebook, listservs, and/or Desi message boards- you should think twice and count to ten before posting. It is understandable to feel highly frustrated by an H-1B employer who has benched you, underpaid your wages, unlawfully […]

Things to Consider Before Filing a Department of Labor (DOL) Complaint for H-1B Wages

Image via Wikipedia Our law offices commonly receive phone calls from H-1B workers who: (1) have unpaid wages; (2) filed a Department of Labor (DOL) wage complaint; (3) and THEN called our law offices.  At this point, they often ask us whether we can provide legal advice for their DOL matter, or whether they can […]

Learn ALL About Your H-1B Rights Before You Give Your Employer An Earful About Them

On various occasions we have received calls from H-1B workers who became aware of various legal rights (e.g. right to file a wage complaint with Department of Labor) from information they found on the internet (e.g. DOL’s website pages about H-1B wage rights). While it is a great thing to educate yourself, please do not make the […]

My H-1B Employer Is Asking Me to Take a Vacation… Last Year

Given the poor shape of the U.S. economy, fraudulent H-1B employers are likely to adopt new tricks, or to increase the use of old ones, with benched H-1B workers. If you have been benched, your employer may approach you and ask you to sign a document that falsely states that you took voluntary leave (e.g. […]

H-1B Employee Tip: Severance Offer? Consider These Things

If you are an H-1B employee, and your employer is terminating your job and has offered you a severance agreement, you should consider the following things. (Please note this post does not provide legal advice- if you want legal advice, you should contact an attorney and discuss your specific severance agreement and circumstances).