Category Archives: Workplace Discrimination

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EEOC Unveils New Strategic Plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017-2021.  The new plan approved on Monday, Oct. 17, looks much like its predecessor, seeks to continue areas outlined in the EEOCs 2013-2016 plan, and reaffirms the agency’s commitment to equal opportunity in America’s workplaces, which includes protecting immigrant and … Continue Reading

I-9 Alert: Department of Justice Settles Immigration Discrimination Claims with Three Memphis Area Staffing Firms

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently entered into a settlement agreement with three staffing companies in the Memphis, Tennessee area. DOJ’s investigation discovered that each of the companies rejected the employment of two qualified individuals based on them being born in Puerto Rico. Specifically, the employers refused to accept each individual’s valid Puerto Rican … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Settlement Agreements Resolving Allegations of Citizenship Status Discrimination

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement resolving allegations that the City of Waterloo, Iowa excluded a non-U.S. citizen from a firefighter position due to his citizenship status. The Department’s investigation revealed that the City improperly restricted firefighter positions to U.S. citizens, contrary to the anti-discrimination provision of … Continue Reading

U.S. Justice Department Announces Two Settlements Over Allegations of Employment Discrimination

On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Stellar Staffing, LLC, an employment agency based in Birmingham, AL, over allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by requiring non-U.S. citizens to produce specific documents issued by the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement Resolving Alleged INA Violations by Health Care Company

On February 8, the DOJ announced that it had reached an agreement with Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC ("Avant"), a health care staffing company based in Florida, to resolve allegations that the company had posted hundreds of Internet-based job openings that impermissibly favored foreign-trained workers seeking permanent residence or H-1B visa sponsorship over U.S. employees. Under the terms of the settlement, Avant will pay $27,750 in civil penalties, amend its internal policies and written procedures to comply with the INA's anti-discrimination provisions, and be subject to a reporting and compliance monitoring requirement for a period of three (3) years.… Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement With Florida Company Over Allegations of Retaliation for Employee Challenge to E-Verify Non-Confirmation

On September 27, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement with Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC, a janitorial and facilities maintenance services company based in Tampa, Florida, over allegations that it violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by failing to reinstate an employee who asserted her right to work in the United States. The settlement agreement was reached before the filing of a formal complaint against the employer.… Continue Reading

DOJ Files Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against Agricultural Employer

On September 11, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), a subset of the DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review, by two U.S. citizens against Jerry Estopy, d/b/a Estopy Farms, a sorghum and soy farm based in McAllen, Texas.… Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement with Illinois Company Over Citizenship Status Discrimination

On August 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Microlink Devices, an Illinois-based manufacturer of semiconductors and solar cells, over claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in six job postings that indicated an explicit citizenship status preference or excluded certain work-authorized non-citizens from consideration. The settlement agreement was reached prior to the filing of a formal complaint by the DOJ.… Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement with Philadelphia Employment Agency Over Allegations of Discrimination Against Refugees

On August 14, 2012, the Justice Department announced a settlement agreement with Philadelphia-based Best Packing Services Employment Agency, Inc. over allegations that the company delayed the start date of two employees with refugee status after requiring them to provide specific Form I-9 documentation in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act's (INA) anti-discrimination provisions.… Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement with Specialty Food Company Over Discriminatory Document Practices

On July 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) over allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by impermissibly re-verifying the work authorization of legal permanent residents and requiring certain non-citizen workers to present specific documentation during the Form I-9 completion process.… Continue Reading

DOJ Office of Special Counsel Files Lawsuit Against Indiana Egg Producer for Discriminatory Hiring Practices Related to Document Abuse and Electronic I-9 System

On June 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a lawsuit against Rose Acre Farms, Inc., an Indiana-based egg producer with more than 40 locations in six states, alleging that the company engaged in discriminatory practices against work-authorized non-citizens during the employment eligibility verification process by requiring newly hired non-U.S. citizens to present additional, specific, and/or different documents to verify their employment eligibility.… Continue Reading

DOJ Office of Special Counsel Files Lawsuit Against Hotel and Casino for Discriminatory Hiring Practices During Employment Verification and Re-Verification Processes

On May 31, 2012, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Tuscany Hotel and Casino, LLC in Las Vegas, alleging that the company engaged in discrimination during the employment eligibility verification of new employees and the re-verification of work eligibility for existing employees.… Continue Reading
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