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NY lawsuit: Albany Med program exploits Filipino nurses

AP
Updated: October 15, 2019 07:30 PM
Created: October 15, 2019 11:46 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A nurses' union is accusing Albany Medical Center of effectively forcing Filipino nurses to continue working there under the threat of severe financial penalties.

The New York State Nurses Association claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that nurses recruited from the Philippines are required to pay the hospital up to $20,000 in ``placement fees'' if they resign or are fired within their first three years of employment. Placement fees reportedly consist of the cost of bringing nurses to the U.S.

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The union alleges this arrangement amounts to forced labor and violates a federal human trafficking law.

Albany Med officials told the Times-Union of Albany the allegations are a ``blatant mischaracterization of the program.''

The union says Albany Med has brought 582 workers from the Philippines since 2002.



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