Smartsoft Agrees To Pay Nearly $1 Million in Back Wages, Interest
Smartsoft International Inc., a computer consulting company based in Suwanee, Georgia, has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in back wages and interest to 135 nonimmigrant workers temporarily employed by the company under the H-1B visa program, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced on August 17, 2010. The agency’s Office of the Solicitor reached the agreement following a determination by the Wage and Hour Division that the company violated the H-1B program’s rules. Smartsoft also has U.S. offices in Sunnyvale, California, and North Brunswick, New Jersey.
A Wage and Hour Division investigator determined that some employees were not paid any wages at the beginning of their employment, were paid on a part-time basis despite being hired under a full-time employment agreement, and were paid less than the prevailing wage applicable to the geographic locations where they performed their work.
The company contested the Wage and Hour Division’s conclusions and requested a formal hearing with the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. As part of the agreement, the company will drop any further challenges.