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Labor Department Questions Law Firm About Immigration Advice to Clients

Exactly a year ago we wrote about law firm Cohen & Grigsby, which came under fire when its seminar -- on how U.S. employers can skirt federal requirements that they seek qualified American workers before applying for a green card for a foreign worker -- showed up on YouTube.  Now, the Associated Press reports that the Department of Labor is investigating another law firm, New York-based Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy for allegedly putting into practice the same types of strategies described by Cohen Grigsby so as to disqualify American job applicants and clear the way for hiring immigrants.

The Labor Department inquiry is unprecedented because it focuses solely on the advice that the firm gave its corporate clients and does not target the corporations themselves.  Fragomen disputes that it told its clients "whom to hire or not to hire," but instead, merely gave "critical legal advice" about the process for hiring immigrants. Ultimately, the Labor Deparment will decide whether any of the pending applications submitted by Fragomen clients will be denied or subjected to additional government oversight. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on June 25, 2008 at 11:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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