Teach­ers win $4.5 mil­lion rul­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

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.

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