§ 655.1005Complaints and investigative procedures.
(a) The Administrator, through an investigation, shall determine whether an employer of F-1 students has:
(1) Provided an attestation which is materially false
Federal criminal statutes provide penalties of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years for knowing and willful submission of false statements to the Federal Government. 18 U.S.C. 1001; see also 18 U.S.C. 1546.
(2) Failed to pay the appropriate wage rate as required under § 655.940(e) of this part; or
(3) Failed to comply with the provisions of subpart J or K of this part.
(b) Any aggrieved person or organization may file a complaint alleging a violation of the provisions of subpart J or K of this part. No particular form is required, except that the complaint shall be written or, if oral, shall be reduced to writing by the Wage and Hour Division official who receives the complaint. The complaint shall set forth sufficient facts for the Administrator to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that a particular part or parts of the attestation or regulations may have been violated. The complaint may be submitted to any local Wage and Hour Division office, the addresses of which can be found in local telephone directories. The office or person receiving such a complaint shall refer it to the office of the Wage and Hour Division administering the area in which the reported violation is alleged to have occurred.
(c) The Administrator shall determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that a complaint warrants investigation. If it is determined that a complaint fails to present reasonable cause, the Administrator shall so notify the complainant, who may submit a new complaint with such additional information as may be available. If the Administrator determines that reasonable cause exists, an investigation will be conducted.
(d) In the event that the Administrator, after an investigation, determines that the employer has committed any violation(s) described in paragraph (a) of this section, the Administrator shall issue a written determination to the employer in accordance with § 655.1015 of this part and an opportunity for a hearing shall be afforded in accordance with the procedures specified in § 655.1020 of this part.
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