10/10/09 Louisiana Federation of Teachers: Company Violated Law and Human Rights of Filipino TeachersA company that recruited foreign teachers to work in Louisiana schools is guilty of cheating those teachers out of thousands of dollars and holding them in virtual servitude, according to complaints presented to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers by international educators.
The LFT and the American Federation of Teachers brought these complaints to the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Louisiana Attorney General on Wednesday afternoon.
The charges involve multiple violations of state and federal laws. Attorneys for AFT and LFT said the union is asking that the teachers' contracts with the California-based recruiter be voided, and that the recruiter be criminally prosecuted under state law.
"The alleged behavior of this recruiter and the treatment of these teachers is quite frankly disgusting and an affront to basic American values," said LFT President Steve Monaghan.
Lourdes "Lulu" Navarro, the president of recruiting firm Universal Placement International, is a convicted felon who has served jail