Approximately 23 former IT employees at Disney plan to sue the company, alleging that Disney abused the H-1B visa process by firing them and replacing them with foreign workers.


The 23 former Disney employees who plan to sue are all Americans. They have all filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They all allege that they are victims of national origin discrimination by Disney, in that they are all American citizens who were fired and replaced by foreigners.


The EEOC will investigate the former Disney workers’ charges, and the EEOC may elect to sue Disney itself, or it may issue a “right-to-sue” letter to the former Disney employees.


Attorney Sara Blackwell of Sarasota, Florida, represents the 23 former Disney employees. Blackwell appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily program. She stated, “Right now all of the technology jobs, 90 percent of them, are being filtered to H-1B visa holders here and then off-shoring to other countries … We’re training all the H-1B workers here and we’re not giving Americans the opportunity to make a decent wage or have a job, so America has no future in technology, at this point.”


Leo Perrero was one of the former Disney IT employees. When he was laid off by Disney, he actually thought he had been called in to receive a positive performance review. “We thought we were being called into a last-minute meeting for pats on the back and bonuses,” Perrero recalled, “but it turned out to be the complete opposite. We were called into a room of about two dozen people to be told we had to train our foreign replacements, and if we didn’t, we wouldn’t get a bonus. I was given 90 days to train my foreign replacement. This person was flown in just days before this whole thing happened.”


Walt Disney World likes to proclaim itself to be “The Happiest Place On Earth” – but that’s definitely not the case for its former IT employees who were shown the door and allegedly forced to train their foreign replacements under the threat of not receiving a bonus. The Magic Kingdom has become the Tragic Kingdom to these former Disney employees! Perhaps Disney can open a new theme park ride called “It’s A Small Wage After All.”


Legal Immigrants For America (LIFA) deplores this alleged abuse by Disney of the H-1B visa process. Such abuse, as alleged by the 23 former Disney employees, raises serious issues of alleged national origin discrimination. Does Disney discriminate against Americans?


LIFA already has met with Atty. Blackwell and the former Disney employees, and will do so again very soon. LIFA is committed to standing with these American workers who did nothing wrong and then found themselves as victims of alleged national origin discrimination. This type of alleged abuse is a dark stain on the H-1B visa process and on our nation’s immigration laws as well, and any employer found to be engaging in such abuse must pay a high price for its alleged illegal actions.


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