High-tech company penalized for mistreatment of Indian employees working 122 hours in a week

Small BusinessAssociated Press

A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were working on a special project in the U.S.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor determined that Electronics for Imaging Inc. paid eight workers transferred from Bangalore, India, below California's required minimum wage of $8 per hour last year while they helped the company move its headquarters to Fremont, California. The workers also logged as many as 122 hours in a week without overtime. As result, they were paid as little as $1.21 per hour.

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Electronics for Imaging, a specialist in printing technology, says it "unintentionally overlooked" U.S. labor law.