Lawsuit filed against Disney, Cognizant, HCL for replacing US workers with immigrants

Washington: Entertainment giant Disney is being sued by two of its former employees for colluding with global consulting companies for superseding US workers with immigrants through abuse of temporary H-1B visa.

Dena Moore and Leo Perrero, two of Disney’s former employees, have filed separate lawsuits in Federal court in Tempa, Florida against Disney and consulting firms Cognizant and HCL for bringing immigrant workers through Visa abuse.

“I don’t have to be angry or cause drama, but they are just doing things to save a buck, and it’s making Americans poor,” Dena Moore told The New York Times.

Moore and 250 others were a part of mass layoffs at Disney’s Orlando theme part, in which they had to train their replacements over a period of 90 days. They were told that they could apply for other jobs at Disney, but no one was rehired.

Based on H-1B visa, the employers are required to declare to the Department of Labor that hiring foreigners on the visas “will not adversely affect the working conditions of U.S. workers similarly employed,” the NYT reported.

“Was I negatively affected? Yeah, I was. I lost my job,” Ms. Moore told the NYT.

Meanwhile, Disney has denied all such allegations. “These lawsuits are based on an unsustainable legal theory and are a wholesale misrepresentation of the facts,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

News24 Bureau