Disney just got hit with two class-action suits. Leo Perrero and Dena Moore say they were illegally replaced by foreign workers. Both were laid off from their IT jobs at Walt Disney World in Orlando in January 2015. They were told they had 90 days to train their replacements: Foreigners on H-1B visas, the most common visa for high-skilled foreign workers. If they didn’t agree, they weren’t eligible for bonuses or severance packages.
Perrero and Moore weren’t the only ones in this situation. Up to 300 workers also lost their jobs. The lawsuits, filed in a Tampa federal court Monday, charge Disney and two global consulting companies, HCL and Cognizant, for colluding to break the law. Both HCL and Cognizant are outsourcing companies, known for submitting a high volume of H-1B petitions each year. By law, H-1B workers can’t replace American workers, and the suit alleges that that’s exactly what the three companies did. CONTINUE