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Bellevue IT company fined for violating labor rules

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Labor has fined a Bellevue company $355,000 for violating labor rules pertaining to H-1B high-tech visas.

The agency says People Tech Group paid some H-1B workers entry-level wages that were too low, and sometimes didn’t pay them at all. The firm provides technical contract workers to other companies.

The Seattle Times reports that People Tech Group didn’t pay H-1B workers for periods when the company hadn’t assigned them to a project, violating visa rules.

H-1B visas are highly competitive and intended for companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers for U.S. jobs.

It’s not clear if People Tech Group is still in business. A voicemail left on a number listed for the CEO was not immediately returned.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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