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A New York-based healthcare staffing company owes $2.9 million in back wages to 156 workers from the Philippines brought in on H-1B visas, the U.S. Department of Labor announced. The company, Advanced Professional Marketing Inc., was also assessed a civil penalty of $512,000 by the agency.
The workers were employed primarily as physical therapists at hospitals and other medical sites in the New York metropolitan area, according to the Department of Labor. However, an investigation found that APMI didn't pay required wages, filed lawsuits against some of the workers for ending their employment early, and used incorrect prevailing wage rates, among other things.
Neither Marissa Beck, president of APMI, nor an attorney for the company, William Stock of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, could be reached for comment by press time.
APMI has requested a hearing before a Department of Labor administrative law judge on the matter, said John Chavez, a spokesman for the Department of Labor.
Companies must pay H-1B workers at least the same wage rates as those paid to U.S. workers who perform the same types of work, according to the Department of Labor.