Calling the conduct “manipulative and ruthless,” a workers’ compensation judge in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., found that a Scranton-based employer forced an injured employee out of the company and, ultimately, out of the country.

Judge Alan R. Harris denied the employer’s petition for suspension of benefits, finding that the company had fired its injured employee, a Swedish national, without cause and then informed the American Embassy in Stockholm and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he was living illegally in the United States on a work visa while unemployed.

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