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Ex-Disney workers replaced by H1-B visa holders file complaint

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said, "We comply with all applicable employment laws. We are expanding our IT department and adding more jobs for US IT workers."

By: PTI | Washington |
November 24, 2015 10:41:47 am

Replaced by H-1B visa workers, at least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed a complaint alleging discrimination. In a complaint filed before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the fired Disney employees alleged that they are victims of national origin discrimination, Computer World reported.

The report is the first step towards filing a discrimination against the major US Company. “These employees are making discrimination claims with the EEO under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, citing in part ‘hostile treatment in forcing the Americans to train their replacements’. The claims include discrimination based on national origin and age,” the report said.

However, Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler asserted that the company complies with all applicable employment laws. “We comply with all applicable employment laws. We are expanding our IT department and adding more jobs for US IT workers,” she was quoted as saying.

“I’m hoping that it signifies that American workers are being brave and standing up and doing something about it,” said Sara Blackwell, the attorney representing these workers. In June, Disney had laid off about 250 employees and replaced them with Indians holding H1-B visas.

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