Skip to comments.Sunnyvale energy startup Bloom Energy penalized for bringing in Mexican workers..
Posted on 02/06/2013 10:46:43 AM PST by NormsRevenge
SUNNYVALE -- A prominent Silicon Valley clean-energy startup has been ordered to pay back wages and penalties for bringing in workers from Mexico and paying them about $2.66 an hour in pesos, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.
Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy, which makes fuel cells and sells energy to clients including AT&T, Adobe, Coca-Cola, eBay, Google and Wal-Mart, was ordered by a judge to pay $31,922 in back wages and an equal amount in damages to 14 welders who were brought in to work alongside domestic workers refurbishing power generators.
It followed a federal investigation that inspected records from Nov. 21, 2010, to Nov. 20, 2012, according to labor officials.
"This investigation has remedied illegal pay practices for a group of workers subjected to substandard wages," stated Ruben Rosalez, a Labor Department administrator for the region's Wage and Hour Division in a news release. "It is appalling that this was happening right in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest per capita areas in the U.S."
Bloom representatives could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
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paying them about $2.66 an hour in pesos
another fine example of how the ‘green energy’ mafia family has milked all comers when it comes to fleecing the economy and fattening their own bottom lines doing it.
RICO-worthy? absolutely.. just one more way the Dems and power elite benefit while taxpayers pay when their ventures go bankrupt after they hoist the funds, donate to the Dems and pretend to be good citizens.
but just yesterday, Kamala Harris went after banks and oil companies .. again. Priorities of the rich and famous.. episode XXXXXXX
flashback from 2011 .. worth a gander..
Another Bombshell Expose’! Green Loans! The Real Story!
Added: Sunday, November 13th 2011 at 10:58am by JoAnneMor
from the pelosis to the gores to venture capitalists to the DoE and the WH,, corruption knows no bounds.
oh, but you don’t understand, these citizen (per dem John Conyers on immigration committee) are just doing work (welding) that Americans won’t do.
Yessir, especially if we have made welfare and unemployment benefits so attractive that it is better for workers NOT to work.
Or at least to hide their employment in the underground economy while still receiving benefits.
No shortage of democrat or republican supporters who are perfectly okay with this. Exploitation of foreign slave labor transcends party lines. That is the dirty little secret neither side wants to let out. So what happens when loyal Americans start hanging these employers out to dry? Lots of backpedaling and retaliation from the feds is what will happen. Expect even a backlash here on FR, or at least a smear or dis-information campaign worthy of your card carrying socialist scumbag type.
What is the problem? They are just doing jobs that Americans won’t do for 33 pesos per hour. That is a lot more than the minimum wage rate in Mexico. /s If Cesar Chavez were still alive he would be on the phone calling the Border Patrol.
If this was a coal plant it would have been shut down immediately.
what the heck are they doing refurbishing power generators...?
Doesn't pass the smell test.