Pinoy teachers exploited by HR head at Texas school district

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 10, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – An internal investigation by the Garland Independent School District in Dallas, Texas found that an employee pocketed large amounts of money, by recruiting teachers from the Philippines.

The investigation also found that a district leader knew about the operation and reportedly did nothing to solve it.

Yesterday district officials there held a press conference and revealed that their HR director named Victor Leos exploited the district’s H1B program.

In the last ten years, Leos reportedly recruited teachers from the Philippines about 30 teachers at a time.

Even if the H1B program required the school district to pay for all the working visa costs, Leos would reportedly charge the Filipino teachers about $1,000 before they could be interviewed. An additional fee of up to $5,000 would be charged for orientation.

He would also reportedly force the teachers to sign a one-year rent lease upon their arrival on a property owned by his stepson.

Also, Leos reportedly forced the teachers to get the services of his stepdaughter’s immigration law firm.

The School District says that it has already paid $250,000 to reimburse improperly recruited teachers, and may have to pay another $500,000 to complete the process.

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