I’m stunned by the following video. The folks over at NetworkWorld.com have a video clip in which lawyers explain how to go through the motions of advertising a job so as to be in compliance with immigration laws requiring that an American get first crack at it when you have absolutely no intention of hiring an American:
The objective, says Lawrence Lebowitz, vice president of marketing at Cohen & Grigsby, couldn’t be more straightforward.
“Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified U.S. worker … our objective is to get this person a green card,” Lebowitz tells his audience.
And how does an employer go about doing that in light of the legal obligation to first search for a qualified American? It’s all about where you search, he says.
“Clearly we are not going to find a place where the applicants are most numerous, we’re going to find a place where – again we’re complying with the law – and hoping and likely not to find qualified worker applicants,” Lebowitz says.
And if despite looking in all the wrong places a gem of an American candidate pops up anyway?
“If someone looks like they are very qualified, if necessary schedule an interview; go through the whole process to find a legal basis to disqualify them,” he says.
What the fuck? I couldn’t believe it, but here’s the video clip of the event in question:
I’m left to wonder if they knew they were being video taped. Surely they’re not so stupid as to think this wouldn’t raise the ire of a shit load of people, right? I mean they’re lawyers for chrissakes! That implies they have at least half a brain.
As the article points out, we should keep this in mind the next time we hear Bill Gates or some other tech big-wig saying how he needs more H-1B visas because he can’t find qualified Americans to hire. Now I’m curious to know which companies attended this event and if it’s a common practice.