Former Walt Disney World IT workers sue company, consulting agencies, over use of foreign H-1B workers

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, Americans laid off by Disney, have filed lawsuits in federal court in Tampa, Fla., against Disney and two global consulting companies, HCL and Cognizant, which brought in foreign workers who replaced them. They claim the companies colluded to break the law by using temporary H-1B visas to bring in immigrant workers, knowing that Americans would be displaced.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:48 PM

This article offers substantially better coverage of the cases:

Certainly we can't know for sure, but the guy suggesting that there's no opportunity in IT is insanely ludicrous. I've been in a number of hiring decisions in the last few years where if only there were more qualified people to hire, life would be better. Maybe this guy wasn't good enough, or he was in one of the skill groups that simply isn't in demand. If he was a "developer," some skills are more relevant than others. You have to go where that demand is. There's plenty of work in Orlando. The recruiters bug me weekly.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:04 PM

OK, so checking his LinkedIn profile, it says he was an "Intel Systems Administrator" for IBM Global Services from 2009 to present, but I assume he just didn't put an end date. That's the kind of "server monkey" work that just isn't in demand. Since 2011, it says he was an "Application Developer Specialist" at Disney. The company has three such positions posted today, and the requires skills are pretty generic. You could get contract work here this week if you were qualified. I dunno, I think there's a deeper story.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:20 AM

Yah. It seems to be an employee market here in San Diego.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:31 AM

The company I work for is taking people that are willing to telecommute from home anywhere in the country as the software developer market is so scarce for leads right now. If he really is a developer, he had to have done something bad to not be able to find work and gripe because Disney let him go for H-1B visa workers.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:43 AM

Maybe that's it... he's too butt hurt to be working for someone who is not Disney. Some people snort pixie dust.


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