A 2010 lawsuit has finished its trial stage, resulting in a $4.5 million verdict in favor of 350 Philippine teachers who had been recruited to work on H-1B visas in Louisiana. The jury found that the twin recruiting firms – Universal Placement International, based in Los Angeles, and its sister organization, Manila-based PARS International Placement Agency – violated a number of laws. The teachers’ case was supported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Federation of Teachers, and the mega-law firm Covington & Burling. The case is captioned, Mairi Nunag Tanedo et al v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board et al. The case is a strong blow against unscrupulous recruiters.
Christopher T. Musillo is a partner at MusilloUnkenholt Immigration Law. He is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. When not zealously representing his clients, Chris enjoys outdoor sports, listening to music, traveling and reading.