SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California company that federal officials say violated salary requirements of the country’s foreign-worker visa program will pay a total of $173,044 to 12 workers.

The U.S Department of Labor[1] said Tuesday that information technology provider Cloudwick Technologies Inc.[2] underpaid the employees hired from India who obtained special highly skilled worker visas. The department says Cloudwick[3] also made illegal payroll deductions.

The department said companies hiring foreign workers with the special H1-B visas are required to pay minimum salaries. Some employees were allegedly promised salaries up to $8,300 per month, but instead received $800 net per month.

The Newark, California-based company agreed to hire an outside monitor to ensure future compliance.

Messages left by The Associated Press with Cloudwick[4] were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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