Teachers win $4.5 million ruling
A federal jury has awarded $4.5 million to Filipino teachers who paid large fees to obtain U.S. jobs through a placement agency. Jurors on Monday found that Los Angeles-based Universal Placement International Inc. and its owner failed to properly disclose the fees for the 350 teachers who were recruited for jobs in Louisiana. The teachers arrived in the U.S. between 2007 and 2009 under a federal program that grants worker permits to foreigners with special skills. Most went to East Baton Rouge Parish, while others went to schools in New Orleans.