Disney World sued for replacing American workers with Indians

27 January 2016

The Walt Disney World Resort also known as Disney World has been hit by two class action suits accusing it and two Indian Outsourcing firms of conspiring to replace workers with less costly foreign ones using H-1B visas, mostly from India.

The lawsuits were filed in a Tampa Florida federal court by Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, who were among 250 Disney tech workers laid off from their jobs at Walt Disney World in Orlando in January 2015, according to Orlando Sentinel.

Perrero and Moore said they were told they had 90 days to train their replacements with foreign workers with H-1B visas for high-skilled workers. If they didn't agree, they weren't eligible for bonuses or severance packages. Defendants include HCL Inc and Cognizant Technologies, two outsourcing companies, known for submitting a high volume of H-1B petitions each year.

The company said it hired more than 100 people back into other roles and offered Moore another position at comparable pay. Noting that hundreds of employers use H-1B visas, Disney said it complies with all applicable employment laws.

The lawsuits were brought by attorney Sara Blackwell, who also brought the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filings on behalf of former Disney workers.Blackwell said Disney was not the only company using outsourcing firms to hire immigrants to replace American workers.

A furore over the layoffs in Orlando last January brought to light many other episodes in which American workers said they had lost jobs to foreigners on H-1B visas, and had to train replacements as a condition of their severance

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