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Another shining example of why the general public hates lawyers

CohenGrigsby.jpgLawrence M. Lebowitz is the marketing director for Cohen & Grigsby, a Pittsburgh law firm. He recently, with the help of some colleagues, explained to a group of folks how they can get around the Permanent Labor Certificate (PERM) program. PERM says that companies can legally hire foreign workers, and sponsor them for residency in the US (i.e., for their green cards), if the company can show that no US worker is capable of doing the job. As these scumbags teach, all you have to do is cheaply run shady false advertisements that will get you lousy applicants. Says Lebowitz:

[O]ur goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker. In a sense that sounds funny, but it’s what we’re trying to do here. … So certainly, we are not going to try to find the place where the applicants are going to be the most numerous. We’re going to try to find a place where, again, we’re complying with the law and hoping, and likely, not to find qualified and interested worker applicants.

He then advises companies that, when they get resumes, they should just find easy ways to “disqualify” the applicants.

We know about this because a video of the presentation made it onto YouTube, where it currently has over 80,000 views. And those viewers include some Congressman who are rightfully ticked off. Last week, “Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-Tex) fired off a letter to Cohen & Grigsby demanding an explanation for its advice, as well as going so far as to ask for the names of its clients.” The Congressmen also said that they were looking forward to an explanation of how this was ethical and not fraudulent. Good luck with that one.

Here’s the despicable video, so you can watch for yourself:

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Wonderful. These guys ruin it for everybody:

- They give the border fence supporters even more credibility;

- They screw over Americans who are trying to earn a decent living doing jobs that they supposedly don't want to do;

- They make businesses that are legitimately trying to hire people look bad since it is hard to tell what company is really interested in hiring a person and which is dicking you around;

- They encourage illegal immigrants to risk their lives and freedom for a chance at a job where they are paid below minimum wage, have no insurance, have no legal rights once they do inevitably get shafted, and are now the go-to villains of the week whenever people get sick of hearing about terrorists;

- They help companies break the law and get away with it, leaving some small business owner that took in a few illegals down on their luck to take the brunt of the government's punishment, since they are pissed they can't touch the big dogs;

- And lastly, they screw up our economy by taking jobs away from potential taxpayers and consumers and letting these companies make even more money hand over fist.

A six-way screwjob. Yay, PERM!

The most retarded part is that the law firm posted the video on their own website as a marketing tool. It was then picked up, edited and put on YouTube by some enterprising internet enthusiast. I bet the firm is "surprised and saddened" that the posting happened and has been spread all over creation. It's just more proof that common sense really isn't all that common.