ARE YOU A FOREIGN WORKER WHO IS A VICTIM OF WAGE THEFT?

September 13, 2011
















If you are a foreign worker who has not been paid regularly, are owed back or overtime pay, or have had illegal deductions taken from your paycheck, please email me. A federal official would like to know what companies are not paying their employees. I will be emailing the official and also bringing the information to Washington, DC. the beginning of October.

All emails and information will be kept confidential, except to forward to federal officials.

If you have other concerns about the final rule or want to express support for permanent residency status for all legal, long-term foreign workers email me with those also.

Email: doromal@earthlink.net (You may go to spamblocker and will receive a notice. Just request to be added to my email addresses and I will respond to you.)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the answer? I don't work, but my husband has a job. I am US citizen. He is IR now, but we don't make enough to qualify for green card. He is not on umbrella status at work becuase he was, and is, IR. What happens to him, and us, in November?

Anonymous said...

10:20AM
Law allows you to include the income of any person who are counted in your household size and resides with the same residence by submitting form I-864A.

Anonymous said...

he won't be eligible for a CW, the regs state if you are eligible for another status under the INA you cannot apply for a CW. Get a legitimate person who is willing to accept the responsibility of being a "sponsor" and submit an affadavit of support

Anonymous said...

i request to all alien worker to leave USA discriminate/abused/part of communist soil soon as possible.just forget about what you have lost in CNMI,new life is waiting for you somewhere in human right country please do not enter never ever.its your fault that you trust in USA human dignity and continue to stay on CNMI by cheater interior department of USA/federal ombudsman dept./fitial power news/chamber of commerce/CNMI bar association industry(lots of CNMI lawyer cheat/abuse foreign workers).shame shame USA on your human dignity/rights/discrimination/abusepolicy. its an sign for super power United states of america going down all the way.i am sorry to say that i dream it.i am doing my best to be a good human even i lost my half of life on CNMI.the local people of CNMI are so happy to kicked out alien worker i think they never got hurt and got pain they never see poor life just stay here in small island they dont know about whole earth, may be thats why.its nature
of bad human being.its time to change for all human being on earth.time is moving so fast you must be fast otherwise you get lost.poor or rich your life its doesnt matter, you must know your goal on earth by your self,you are here on mission you must work on it,hope you may great human being.

an old wise man said...

And where, noni above, might that idealic place be? I doubt if it is Bangladesh, China, or PI, the most common homelands of the affected persons.

Most have never seen poor like you would see in Daka or the outer areas of Manila. And discrimination; would it surprise you to know that many PI employers lay off persons over 25 years old unless they are highly skilled or critical to management?

Micronesia is much worse than the NMI in almost every economic catagory and 3rd world workers may not warm up to Korea, India, or the Middle East either. I haven't been to Africa recently but my memory of those counties was not a beacon of opportunity.

an old wise man said...

PS And your comment that you hope the US goes down is disturbing and ends your story here, so perhaps you should leave gracefully with dignity and never again ask the US taxpayer for anything.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Peter Hong needs to get his medication balanced . . .

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 4:42

I know you must feel betrayed by the U.S. Too many officials and members of Congress have allowed thousands of foreign workers to be cheated on U.S. soil. Congress has not responded with a proper status bill. Unfortunately bipartisan politics is causing pain for many residents and foreign workers.

I hope you do not judge the entire U.S. by your terrible experience in the CNMI. I agree that the LEGAL foreign workers were handed a bad deal by the U.S. Removing the grandfathering provision from PL 110-229 was a big mistake. The U.S. must grant permanent residency status or make reparations. The problem is that every day that passes without action allows more people to fall through the cracks. I am sorry for your pain and totally agree that the way the United States has handled the CNMI guest worker situation will go down in history as one of the shameful scars on the face of the nation.

You should know that many U.S. officials and U.S. citizens are ashamed of the treatment of the foreign workers. I can only say I continue to advocate for reform, for justice, for enforcement of laws and for green cards for ALL legal, long-term foreign workers.

If you are legal and do not have an employer, apply for parole-in-place, especially if you are owed back wages. You have nothing to lose...

Wendy Doromal said...

old wise man

It's not about an ideal place -it's about being cheated by what people see as the nation that is supposedly the strongest defender and protector of human rights.

Anonymous said...

racist have no right to say anything about what US do to aliens, else as what "an old man said" never again ask the US taxpayer for anything. thick face huh! what kind of people are these??? weird and one of a kind!!!

Anonymous said...

Wendy,

The U.S. didn't cheat them, their employers did. The CNMI DOLI did, too. People get cheated by their employers everywhere. The government doesn't allocate enough money to ensure 100% enforcement anywhere. A lot depends on workers coming forward and complaining as soon as it happens, not 14 months or 14 years later. Many of those who got ripped off kept quiet because they didn't want to risk losing their jobs. Others "rested on their rights" and did not actively pursue judgments. If you are too timid to stick up for yourself, you can't expect the government to make you complain. The reality is that enforcing your rights takes time and money, whether you are an alien or U.S. worker.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 10:33

Of course the employers cheated them. It is the responsibility of law enforcement and regulating agencies (CNMI and U.S.) to enforce the laws and prosecute offenders.The offenders DID come forward. There are thousands of administrative orders that were not enforced that testify to that fact. When law enforcement and regulatory agencies failed to enforce laws, other would-be criminal offender-employers felt free to continue the violations, knowing there will be no consequences. So for 20 or more years employer-crooks have been free to steal from foreign workers. It's not okay in my country that that happens while law enforcement and regulatory agencies have watched.

No one expects 100% enforcement. In the case of the CNMI's victim foreign workers I suspect if we totaled all the reported cases, that there has been less than 5% or less enforcement. As a citizen and taxpayer I expect more. It absolutely is the responsibility of the CNMI and the United States Governments to ensure that laws are obeyed, victims receive justice and offenders are prosecuted.