The Justice Department reached an agreement today with an information technology staffing agency headquartered in Maryland.  The settlement resolves the department’s claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The department’s investigation concluded that the staffing company’s human resources personnel required non-U.S. citizens, but not U.S. citizens, to present specific types of documents during the employment eligibility verification process to establish their work authority.  The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from specifying documents that employees must present during the employment eligibility verification process based on an employee’s citizenship status or national origin.

Under the settlement agreement, Diversified will pay $7,700 in civil penalties to the United States and undergo department-provided training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.  The companys corporate office and its branches will be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.