Friday, April 16, 2010

Workforce Commission backs LFT and Filipino teachers

Universal Placement International to repay $1.8 million in illegally charged fees

Additional resources:Click here to read the Workforce Commission findings and determination
Click here to read the initial press release and official complaint filed by the Federation

A Louisiana Workforce Commission administrative law judge has ruled in favor of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers and Filipino educators who were victims of an illegitimate California-based recruiting firm.

“This is more than just a victory for the Filipino teachers who were abused by the company,” said LFT President Steve Monaghan. “It is a validation of the rule of law, and a commitment by the State of Louisiana to protect the rights of all working people”

Responding to allegations filed by the American Federation of Teachers and the LFT, Administrative Law Judge Shelly Dick has ordered Universal Placement International to repay Filipino teachers an estimated $1.8 million in illegally charged placement fees, as well as a $500 fine and $7,500 in attorney fees.

The Commission will also refer the case to appropriate authorities for criminal sanctions against UPI and its owner, Lourdes “Lulu” Navarro.

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