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IT workers dispute Disney rehiring claims

Patrick Thibodeau | March 15, 2016
GOP attention on Disney's outsourcing of IT jobs prompts company response.

Visa workers, who are often younger and lower paid, are routinely used to displace workers. The laid-off workers, who must sometimes train foreign replacements, are often older and have many years of experience with the company. This has helped to give the issue more visibility in the election campaign.

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who is seeking the nomination, has promised to restrain, or even end, the H-1B program. Trump has been supported by some former Disney IT workers, and they have spoken at his campaign rallies.

Other Republican presidential candidates have also criticized the program. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has proposed legislation that would bring major reforms to the visa, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has been criticized by former Disney IT employees for not helping them, said last week that the use of the visa at Disney is an abuse of the program.

Efforts to get Disney to clarify, by deadline, the number of former IT employees rehired into IT jobs were unsuccessful.


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