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    radical simplicity, Alumbrados

    and they can rob the H1-B holder blind, because all they have to do is threaten them with loss of their visa.

    Not that it's not bad enough what they do to the natives--I'm just saying if you're here on any kind of visa and you get threatened with having it pulled and you have to go back where you came from, that's a huge incentive to shut up and take whatever they're dishing out.

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:46:29 PM PST

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    •  Even worse (2+ / 0-)
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      lunachickie, Alumbrados

      They're often actually employed by front companies that hire them out on a contract basis and take a huge cut of what little they do get paid.

      The contracts they've signed with those companies require that they pay the company some ridiculous sum should one of the hiring companies try to bring them on as a full time employee. I had an employee discover this the hard way, when I hired him full time. He discovered that little bit of fine-print when my employer's legal department received a letter demanding we pay the person's former employer $10k for the privilege of having hired him. I was given two options: let him go, or get him to pay the money himself and present proof to our legal department that the payment settled all debts to the contract house.

      They are, essentially, indentured servants.

      •  Jesus... (1+ / 0-)
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        radical simplicity

        couldn't you let him go, and then hire him back? Oh, wait, he'd lose his visa status in the meantime, wouldn't he?

        This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

        by lunachickie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:53:02 PM PST

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          He ended up being deported, anyway, a few months later, due to a mass layoff at the company. If I'd known we were going to have the layoff, I wouldn't have brought him on full-time. It was a total nightmare. We kept in touch over the years, and he has muddled through it all and is doing well now, but man, what a ridiculous waste of time and talent.

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