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Thirty former IT staffers at Disney, who were replaced by foreign H-1B recruits, are now suing their ex-employer for alleged racial discrimination. Court papers, filed on Disney's home turf in Orlando, Florida, state that in October 2014, the Mickey Mouse operation told 250 or so technicians that they were being laid off and …

  1. noh1bvisas

    Disney is depicable

    I hope the workers win. What Disney did was wrong. It was un-American. In a way, I have to thank Disney, though, for helping elect Donald Trump. Disney was a turning point.

    1. Invidious Aardvark

      Re: Disney is depicable

      Morally wrong I can agree with, but that is beside the point. Morality and legality don't necessarily go hand in hand.

      Illegal? I'm not so sure. Claiming it's racism to hire someone cheaper who happens to be Indian sounds like racism to me. I'd be more impressed if they'd framed their argument on competency or some factor related to the actual job, rather than the race of the people doing the job.

      I'm also not sure that it's un-American. I was under the impression that the American Way was to make lots of money and screw anyone who gets in your way. That whole "business has a duty to make money for shareholders" thing surely means that bringing in foreign nationals who'll work harder, longer, and for less money than the equivalent American workers is a good thing and very American indeed. I'd guess whoever suggested the scheme got a nice fat bonus for suggesting this. Afterall, so the theory goes, the people who were made redundant should just have worked harder/been smarter, then they'd have been higher up the corporate ladder and thus likely to be let go and replaced by cheap workers. That's how American Dream works, isn't it?

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Disney is depicable

        Disney is probably in a right-to-work state where there are effectively no employment rights.

        They can fire everyone for no reason because they can find someone cheaper or they want to give the job to their cousin.

        The only defence is that it's illegal to fire somebody on the basis of gender/race/disability or a few other protected classes. So can only bring an unfair dismissal case if you can claim it was due to some such reason

        1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

          Re: Disney is depicable

          This lawsuit is federal not state which means the federal labor laws are at issue. Discrimination is illegal under both federal and state laws but federal is the preferred venue to sue. Right to work states do have laws against employment discrimination - a charge that often is very difficult to prove in any state. Violating these discrimination statutes will leave the company open to lawsuits. Right to work is misunderstood to mean there restrictions on employers - what it means is the employer does not need to have a cause such insubordination to can someone. However, competent employers even in right to work state try to minimize employee/staff churn and avoid canning people with a reason even a lack of work.

          What Disney did is despicable and probably a violation of multiple federal laws if the US Dept of (in)Justice would bother to investigate.

        2. Ian Michael Gumby
          Boffin

          @ Yet another Anon ... Re: Disney is depicable

          In a Right to work state, you still have to follow federal and state laws, however you can be terminated without them having to show cause.

          The issue is that the workers may not be part of a protected class, and when you terminate en mass, you may avoid triggering those conditions. (e.g. you fire all of your openly gay / lesbian / transgendered staff)

          That would trigger a lawsuit. But if you let a whole department go... you are ok in a Right to Work state.

          Being a white male... not protected. Being a white male who's 60? You may have protections.

          (IBM are notorious on their resource actions...)

          Where Disney can get in to trouble is the H1B thing.

          You may lose the lawsuit, but could win a whislteblower lawsuit if you could prove that they replace your whole team/department with H1B types letting your team go.

          Disney could always open up an office in Bangalore and then shift the work there. That would be legal and you'd still be out of work. Of course, they may then have issues concerning protecting their IP.

          India and China have different sets of laws so YMMV.

          The point is that its a tough lawsuit to win.

          The wild thing... if Disney gets hacked, and they lose PII information, they could get sued back to the stone age where this H1B thing could play a part in it.

        3. AdamWill

          Re: Disney is depicable

          That would be why this suit is trying the somewhat-long-shot 'racial discrimination' angle, presumably - racial discrimination being illegal trumps the 'can fire someone for any reason' clause.

      2. Antron Argaiv Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: Disney is depicable

        I, too, hope the workers win.

        This is not about hiring talent that's unavailable in the US. This is not about becoming more globally competitive. This is about the bottom line.

        I'm sorry, but if you're a US company, you should go the extra bit to hire and train US workers, if at all possible. If you make your money of US customers, you should be hiring US workers. Firing your US staff and importing cheap H1-Bs is just giving a big middle finger to the country you make your money off of.

        But, since when are big corporations ever sensitive to this kind of thing? No need, now, what with the Deal-Maker-in-Chief about to take office. The lobbyists won't even have to try to get what they want.

        1. Tom 38 Silver badge

          @Antron

          I also hope the workers win. However:

          This is not about hiring talent that's unavailable in the US. This is not about becoming more globally competitive. This is about the bottom line.

          I'm sorry, but if you're a US company, you should go the extra bit to hire and train US workers, if at all possible. If you make your money of US customers, you should be hiring US workers. Firing your US staff and importing cheap H1-Bs is just giving a big middle finger to the country you make your money off of.

          The country is giving this opportunity to them, it is state sponsored. Not taking advantage of it is really giving the middle finger to the country. If the country doesn't like companies using H1-Bs, then the country shouldn't give them out.

          Also, companies are not people. They do not have humanity, compassion, ethical thoughts. The best you can hope for is that the people working for the company have those qualities, but never expect that a company will do so.

          Companies employ entire departments of people to protect the company from its own employees, you should always expect that a company will do whatever is in it's best interest, not your own.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: @Antron

            But legally "corporations ARE people, my friend" . . . with attribution to Mitt Romney. Who recently proved that swallowing your pride, and whatever else, while on your knees to a prospective employer, often does the swallower no good at all.

            1. Public Citizen

              Re: @Antron

              But can help out a family member.

              Seems that Trump has appointed Romney's daughter to an Asst. Secty Job.

      3. Ian Michael Gumby
        Big Brother

        @ I AardvarkRe: Disney is depicable

        Legally?

        It depends on what they can show in discovery.

        What is being alleged is that they were forced to train their replacements. If true, that would remove some of the protections a corporation has.

        Hypothetical. HAL, a big tech company decides to off shore some back room function. So they say to their workers... your role is being made redundant. You can apply for a position in a different department. Of course since they are giving them the opportunity to seek work in a different department, the company is meeting its obligations under the law.

        In reality, HAL could then have the potential jobs go unfilled and not hire the people.

        But if HAL were to say we're making you redundant and we want you to train your replacements, then the role really isn't redundant. They are terminating the employee because they make too much money. That's an easier case to win.

      4. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Disney is depicable

        I'm also not sure that it's un-American. I was under the impression that the American Way was to make lots of money and screw anyone who gets in your way.

        You are correct...

        However, I suspect Trump will not bring the 1950s fauxtopia envisioned by his "Make America White Again" voters, but rather a 1890s version where capitalists reign supreme and workers have no rights.

        For evidence of this - just look at his cabinet picks so far.

      5. netminder

        Re: Disney is depicable

        you need someone to explain what the word 'racism' means to you.

        In this case someone with power (Disney) laid off employees and then replaced them with people based on their nation of origin (India).

        While recently courts have muddied the waters a bit Disney chose to hire only people from one country and that used to be enough to find for the plaintiff.

        1. Dagg

          Re: Disney is depicable

          In this case someone with power (Disney) laid off employees and then replaced them with people based on their nation of origin (India).

          But is this considered racist? My father in law was indian but white as. Would it be racist if they had laid off the employees and replaced them with people based on their nation of origin (Canada)?

          Or is it only racist if they laid off the white employees and replaced then with those of indian race.

      6. asdf

        Re: Disney is depicable

        >That whole "business has a duty to make money for shareholders"

        Is a lie pushed by Jack Welch and now largely discredited (kind of like his other big thing rank and yank by any smart business, ask Microsoft post Ballmer) by anyone with a passing knowledge in business law. Company executives have a fiduciary responsibility to the long term success of the business not to short term fluctuations in share price.

      7. Fungus Bob

        Re: Disney is depicable

        "I was under the impression that the American Way was to make lots of money and screw anyone who gets in your way."

        No, the American Way was something Superman fought to protect in the 1950's. America lost it's Way some time ago.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Disney is depicable

      But, but, but... it's the happiest place on earth!

      1. lglethal Silver badge
        Devil

        Re: Disney is depicable

        No-one (or Place) can be THAT happy without having some very dark secrets buried in the Basement...

        1. Hollerithevo

          Re: Disney is depicable

          "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula LeGuin.

      2. Ian Michael Gumby

        Re: Disney is depicable

        "

        Re: Disney is depicable

        But, but, but... it's the happiest place on earth!

        "

        Only if you sell and or smoke crack.

      3. Public Citizen

        Re: Disney is depicable

        I realize that was said with the sarcasm key depressed.

        That said, the slogan you refer to is a holdover from the days when Walt Disney was the front man and key creative manager for the company and his brother Roy Disney handled the business side of the company.

        Since Bob Eiger managed to gain control the company has grown progressively darker, no matter what sort of happy and light picture the publicity department tries to paint. This action happened ~after~ the last member of the Disney Family, Roy E. Disney [Walt's nephew and Roy's son] left the company management because of the increasing rift between sticking to the principles that Walt and Roy built the company on and Eiger's avarice and ruthless empire building.

  2. noh1bvisas

    Disney is depicable

    In a way, Disney's un-American actions helped elect Donald Trump.

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Disney is depicable

      How do you figure?

      Trump also hires illegals and stiffs his employees and vendors.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There's a reason people call it "Mouswitz" and "Duckau"...

    As employers, they're pretty much pure evil.

    1. Ian Michael Gumby
      Boffin

      @AC re "Mouswitz and Duckau"

      Funny you should say that.

      There's a lot of stories about Walt Disney which show him to have been a control freak and a racist.

      He was not the nice man that Disney wants portrayed.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: @AC re "Mouswitz and Duckau"

        Kind of like when Family Guy drew Stewie and Brian in the Walt Disney style and it was utopia until Mort showed up and on sight all the other characters started beating him senseless? Open secret.

  4. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Show of hands...

    Even though there's the campaign pledge about "fixing the H-1B", how many actually believe this will come to pass?

    I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to understand why I ask this. Hint: Count the number of "captains of industry" on various advisory boards, etc. Does anyone seriously believe they will encourage fixing the H-1B?

    I'm not a Trump hater or lover. I just hope he gives things a fair shake and does something for the country instead of for the corporates which is way things have been for too long a time.

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Show of hands...

      Then you are seriously deluded and know nothing about the man, nor his picks for his cabinet.

      He and his cabinet are the VERY cause of these problems. They are the textbook definition.

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        @ecofeco -- Re: Show of hands...

        Go back and re-read what I wrote. My skepticism is blatant. There will be nothing done except maybe more visas issued. My last line is faint hope against the reality.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Show of hands...

      I can only hope, against all odds, that Bob Iger is personally opposed to H-1B regardless of his employer's corporate stance. It's certainly not in his power to change as CEO: that requires an act of Congress. I notice that he supported Clinton a few months ago, however. Could be that Trump actually wants advisors who aren't sycophants.

  5. EveryTime

    I think it's possible that they may be able to prove a racism claim.

    The replacement workers were likely all from India, and were hired by management from India.

    A company might be able to fire you at will, but hiring replacements only from a single race looks quite a bit like racism.

    My guess is that it's absolutely racism, and it's given a pass by upper management because it saves money.

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    2. Hans 1
      Happy

      >A company might be able to fire you at will, but hiring replacements only from a single race looks quite a bit like racism.

      No, not necessarily ... I mean, Disney corp does not give a sh*t about "race", they want cheap labor, like every company on this planet .... if the newly hired Indians, Caucasians, Italians or whatever (who cares) ask for a lower pay to do the exact same work, then the company is "obliged" to hire them. It so happens that Murika does not have laws protecting the workforce to deter them as we have in Europe, you can be thrown-out just like that, it is tough ... you know what, tough ... call us lefty communist whatever, tough, you have no right to complain, if you do complain, you are what YOU call a lefty commy!

      Murikan dream, man, that is what this is, making the rich richer.

    3. Ian Michael Gumby

      @Everytime...

      Its not that simple.

      You have two events... your termination and the hiring of the replacement staff.

      Your termination isn't racist because they are terminating everyone and you may or may not be of a protected class.

      Then you have the hiring process.

      Did they exclude everyone who is a US citizen who applied?

      (Did they interview anyone who wasn't from India? )

      (Did they make offers to anyone who wasn't from India? )

      This is where they have risk, however, you would have to show that you were denied an interview on the basis of race, religion or color, or sexual orientation as a reason why you weren't considered.

      In most situations, the H1B is offered a much lower salary. So if you're making 60K and they want to bring in an H1B for 35K are you willing to take 35K to keep your job? (And of course this too would be grounds for some sort of lawsuit. )

      The bottom line, its not so cut and dry.

      1. ecofeco Silver badge

        Re: @Everytime...

        Nope. Believe it or not, judges are not this stupid. They can see cause and effect and attempts to circumnavigate the law.

  6. Androgynous Cow Herd
    Coat

    They always said

    It's a small world, after all...

  7. oneeye

    Clear Violation

    The H1b program is supposed to fill positions with Americans first, and only if the company is unable to find American workers can they then use the visa program to fill those positions. Firing and making the workers train their replacements is a clear violation of the program, and the race angle makes no real sense when the programs rules were so blatantly violated. I hope that Disney gets reamed over this abuse. After many years of loyal service, they were threatened with a loss of post employment severance and nit be able to apply for other positions within the company, which turned out to be another lie!.

    Here is an indepth story on this subject: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/us/last-task-after-layoff-at-disney-train-foreign-replacements.html

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: Clear Violation

      The H1B visa program is violated all the time - and of course American businesses always claim that they HAVE to have H1B workers because there are so few trained/qualified American workers available.

      Discrimination and Racism are part of the American business culture and generally tolerated provided that it makes a profit for the shareholders - it was hard enough getting a case to court under the democrats, the new administration will probably make this even harder.

      It's a little known fact (I read it on the Internet) that the slogan was always supposed to be "Make American Billionaires Great Again" but they had to trim it a little to get it on Trumps hat.

    2. john80224

      Re: Clear Violation

      Sadly, what the program is and what it sounds like it is are two very different things.

      Only a small amount of the cases require any sort of attestation that an attempt to hire an American/permanent resident occurred, and even that is little more than a flimsy paper tiger. The USCIS even posted a clarification a few years ago stating specifically that the visa can be used to hire a foreign worker when a reasonable US candidate exists.

      The continued failure of lawsuits points to the law itself not matching what clearly most Americans would think it means, i.e. a means to reasonably fill actual gaps in our skillsets, not a means to replace or ignore those domestic skillsets that do exist.

    3. Hugh McIntyre

      Re: Clear Violation

      If you try to read the actual "H visa" laws the details are impenetrable because of too many references to "as defined in regulation <foo>". But at least one of the categories says you cannot fire Americans and then hire foreign replacements directly.

      In this case Disney seems to have gotten around this because they switched to a contacting company so they were not directly hiring the replacements themselves and then acted totally shocked that the contractors were H1Bs. Presumably they will claim they had no idea this would happen ...

      Obviously the cleanest solution would be to fix the law to prevent this "switch to H1 contractor" cheat. It's also not clear to me why the respectable tech companies hiring "normal" H1's don't lobby for this -- right now there's an H1 lottery every year and people sometimes can't get visas for college graduates because of other contract visas. You'd think people like Google would lobby to tighten up the rules so the contracting companies don't use up the whole quota.

      The other issue is an H1B was historically for a specific job at a specific company and specific location. It's not clear how the visa should apply to a contractor position if it's not tied to the specific Disney job, or at least this seems to subvert the original intention if you had a contractor who could work for more than one end company.

      In the meantime Disney seems to have acted outrageously here even if they found a legal loophole. We'll see what the court says..

  8. 2Fat2Bald

    the racism angle is tenuous. The incoming cheaper staff were all from a low cost provider who happened to be in India. so recruited chiefly Indians.

    The sad fact is that ditching time served staff in exchange for rookies can save a business so much money that its practically a no-brainer.

    1. john80224

      Agreed. One of the major flaws in the law is that workers can really only go after the company with which they were associated, Disney in this case. While clearly the company Disney is working with discriminates with impunity on basis of national origin (also a protected class under US law), they had not removed the Disney employees. Anyone approaching basic mental competence can see the net effect, but the piecemeal nature of the laws is not going to pan out the way Americans think it would.

  9. Chozo
    Coat

    It's all a bit 'Mickey Mouse' if you ask me...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I would think that the Financial Industry and any Industry other than Walmart and Dollar Store would be lobbying governments at all levels against these work visas and other type of wage suppression laws. It seems to me that it is very short sighted on their part as these hurt people ability to pay for things, including Governments. If you want to shrink the Economy then continuing this type of law is the way to go.

    I find it interesting that large Corporations, with the best ability to pay a reasonable wage to a large number of people is where we hear about these issues, while we don't to hear about this issue from small employers.

    So, now I'll put on my tinfoil hat, as it does make me wonder if the extremely wealthy aren't doing this to contract the economy to increase their ability to buy up damned near everything so that the rest of us are owned by the Compnay and the Company store, much like in pre-union days.

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Not to worry, small employers do this as well. Just because it doesn't make headline news doesn't mean it isn't being done.

      It's done every day.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good luck to them

    Offshoring in all its forms - and this is effectively one of them - is no more than corporate colonialism - i look forward to seeing it die & I sincerely hope they win.

    When global pay rates in the labour market equalize over the next 20 to 50 years what then for those 'leading' countries who have offshored their manufacturing base, their IT skills and their core skills??

  12. Baldy50

    You're deth-picable!

    Mr Doesney want to hire Americans.

    That's all folks!

  13. Down not across Silver badge

    Fox guarding the henhouse

    Now that he is the president elect, he has set up President's Strategic and Policy Forum, an advisory group designed to work out how to bring jobs back to America and end outsourcing. One of the people named to the Forum is one Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

    How likely is Bob going to want to fix H1B? Having to have fair hiring practices would impact their profits and bonuses.

    1. Alien8n

      Re: Fox guarding the henhouse

      I think the point is the person in charge of fixing the visa program is the biggest abuser of the program. So Trump has basically proven that yet another campaign promise was just that, a promise and nothing more.

      The more you look at the appointments he's made since becoming President-elect the more clear it is that he hasn't a clue what he's doing. In every case the person appointed would appear to be the last person suitable for the job. A climate change denier in charge of the environment, a creationist in charge of education, an oil baron made Secretary of State. The only way these appointments make any sense is if they've been chosen to appeal to the furthest right thinking sector of the American population.

      1. Hollerithevo

        Re: Fox guarding the henhouse

        Um, yes, they have. They have been appointed for that reason. As Trump said he would.

  14. -tim
    Holmes

    I've been recruited for H1B jobs.

    I'm a US citizen living Downunder. I have been approached many times to go to the US by recruiters that assure me they can get me a H1B visa. Not of them where interested once they found out I don't need a visa to work in the USA.

    1. thomn8r

      Re: I've been recruited for H1B jobs.

      Not of them where interested once they found out I don't need a visa to work in the USA

      Because you wouldn't be an indentured servant, and thus they would have no control over you.

    2. martinusher Silver badge

      Re: I've been recruited for H1B jobs.

      > once they found out I don't need a visa to work in the USA.

      That's because the other side of the cheap labor coin is that this labor is also captive. The H1 is a non-resident visa and its tied to a particular employer. If you stop working for that employer then you go out of status and you're supposed to pack up and leave the US within 10 days. Since most states in the US are 'right to work', a rather Orwellian name for the ability for employers to fire you at will at any time and without any notice, these overseas workers are really slaves (with all the additional savings that implies).

      The cat's probably out of the bag now but it would be interesting to play these people along a bit to see what they're offering as a job including wages and conditions. My guess is that there's a bit of bait and switch going on.

  15. JJKing
    Facepalm

    Replacing the swamp creatures with new ones.

    The DTs promised to "Drain the Swamp" and it looks like he is only he is doing it by filling it with his own cronies thereby forcing the existing creatures out through spillage.

    I thought the H-1B was when there wasn't existing skilled people in-country to fill the jobs and not to replace those skilled in country people already doing the bloody job. Do they not realise the Indians and others are now gaining skills that they would not get in their own countries and will return up-skilled to their home. In the meantime the in-country people will have their skills degraded by being consistently replaced by H-1B holders. This is a Lose-Lose-Lose-Lose situation for America. Jobs lost, skills lost and the wages/salaries are being sent home to the H-1B's families which means LESS money in the American economy for other business (restaurants, tech stores, clothing departments etc) to soak up. Man, your country is so far cupped by your elected officials it isn't funny. You have my commiserations, seriously!

    Non existing deity help us all.

  16. sisk

    Well, there's an example of blatant abuse of the program for you. Not only did they hire less skilled workers, but they actually had the gall to make the workers they laid off to create the "skill gap" train their replacements. Disney at it's fscking finest there.

  17. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Stop

    only one side of the story

    as much as I hate the idea of a large company (Disney in this case) laying people off so they can import "cheap labor", we're only hearing one side of the story, surrounding a lawsuit.

    just sayin.

    If it turns out that it's a bunch of staffers that SHOULD have been fired long ago, but Disney didn't have enough dirt to justify it [and so they used the layoff as an excuse], and THEN these guys turn around and SUE [I have seen THAT happen, too, and court-ordered policy changes at the company NEGATIVELY IMPACTED ME after the lawsuit was settled] because "they can" and "deep pockets" and "l[aw]yer manipulated juries", *ahem* THEN maybe Disney is in the clear, morally and ethically?

    OK longshot but still...

    related: I was contracting for a company, long ago, which benefits me personally because THEN I can run all income through my corporation, rather than W2. One guy, a long-time 1099 contractor, was "not renewed" because he should have been FIRED, but it was easier to "not renew his contract". Within a year, he SUED because he'd been working on-premises, and was NEVER offered the opportunity to be a 'direct' (W2) employee (because he should've been fired). As a result, EVERY contractor [including me] had to be 'converted to W2' meaning wage/salary instead of corp-to-corp billing. [they tried to be fair about it, but it had a negative impact on everyone, nonetheless]

    1. john80224

      Re: only one side of the story

      With all due respect to fair consideration, etc., this story has been told far too many times across far too many companies and so terribly fails the smell test that I', quite comfortable giving the individuals the benefit of the doubt over the companies. A few laid off? Maybe it's different. But the likelihood that entire departments are all not qualified and should've been fired long ago is outside of "a reasonable doubt". At Disney in particular, the many times corroborated story is that a good number of the laid off had been recently commended for exceptional work performed.

  18. netminder

    Interesting take on positions

    It is interesting that Trump, a man who has been caught employing illegal immigrants on his build projects and also found to have not paid them for their work. Even not paying ones that he was not caught using but using their status against them, should be considered a friend to American workers getting screwed by their employer.

    If he actually ends up making things better for the Disney workers (or any of us under threat of this sort of thing) it will not just be a miracle it will be a total 180 from his life-long history of labor relations. My guess is the leopard is not changing spot & workers are going to ge screwed.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Interesting take on positions

      Bah. Trump's become a two-faced politician just like the rest of them over the last year or so. And he wasn't exactly trust-or-praise worthy before that.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think Disney's Iger and Google

    Got invited to the meeting as an object lesson. What better way to get them to do what you want besides make them think it was their idea

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Indians have a H1-B visa, but Walt Disney

  21. stu 4

    No middle man

    The problem was, Disney didn't do it the 'right' way.

    That is, the way the rest of our IT industry does it up and down the country every day...

    you don't sack them and replace them with indians at 1/2 the price - that's too obvious.

    Nope, if you want to replace folk with cheaper labour - do it more sneakily

    - 'outsource' the work to a COMPANY.. now if the bid process happens to be won by a company who is indian and has 1000s of semi trained IT bods willing to work for buttons.. well that not the companies fault surely ? nothing to see here.

    that seems to be the thinking anyway.

    So the end result is the same, your companies IT department shrinks from 200 to 20, and the outsourcing company that won (lets call them UDT to borrow from 2001 and HAL...) soon find they can't do it offshore, and ship 180 indians in to sit at the empty desks.. all working for a fraction of what the original workforce worked for...so still got 200 folk (hell sometime more that before in my experience as they tend to have terrible skills)

    But - the company will say, it's not racist - hell no - these guys don't work for us - we just pay UDT X million a year and they save us money in the wages we used to pay (well we think they do at the moment because we've not worked out what they build isn't worth sh1t...).

    By any remote moral standpoint the above is racism cloaked in business bullshit. And unfortunately there's no lawyers taking those cases.....

    1. john80224

      Re: No middle man

      That's what Disney did and why this lawsuit just like the last will fail.

  22. ecofeco Silver badge

    It's crazy that they have use race to sue

    Before you jump, here's why:

    The LAW specifically states that H1-B MUST be paid the prevalent wage. That the former workers apparently can't successfully pursue that part of the law, means the system really is fucked up.

  23. willi0000000

    you're fired . . . now train your replacement.

    this seems to be the perfect moment for some malicious obedience.

    OK, a lot of malicious obedience . . . i'm sure they didn't tell me to train them well or completely.

  24. martinusher Silver badge

    That should be against the rules.

    When I got my H-1 back in the 1980s my employer had to get labor certification -- he had to show that he wasn't displacing local labor and that he was paying the going rate for this type of job. Unless the rules have changed significantly over the last 30 years these employers are not so much breaking the rules as breaking the law.

    The 'fix' for these visas is twofold -- one is that that people coming here should bring in skills to alleviate a shortage, not displace local workers, the other is that the scam where most, if not all, of these visas go to a handful of Indian IT outsourcing companies. This visa was designed for "Persons of Outstanding Merit in the Arts or Sciences" -- you need qualifications and experience, not just minimal qualifications and a desire to undercut the locals.

  25. Unicornpiss
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    I hope they win too...

    ..and while I will always think the Donald is a scumbag and hope he doesn't manage to start WWIII, this is something on which I actually can agree with him. I guess we'll see if he's all talk or not.

    I personally think companies like Disney should be severely sanctioned for this type of behavior and I hope the lawsuit costs them 100x whatever savings they were hoping to gain by displacing their existing workers. (and the job of whoever thought this was a bright idea)

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