Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Illinois Staffing Agency

Table of Contents

The Justice Department today reached an agreement with an Illinois based staffing agency resolving claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The Justice Department’s investigation was initiated based on a referral from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under a memorandum of agreement between the Civil Rights Division and USCIS.   The department’s investigation concluded that The agency applied enhanced employment eligibility procedures to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens that were run through E-Verify.   The company did not utilize these additional procedures when it ran U.S. Citizens through E-Verify.   E-Verify is an Internet-based system run by USCIS that confirms employment eligibility by comparing information from an employee’s Form I-9.

Under the settlement agreement, the company will pay $8,400 in civil penalties to the United States, undergo Justice Department training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, and be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility verification practices for a period of three years.   The case settled prior to the Justice Department filing a complaint in this matter.

“Employers cannot create higher hurdles for non-U.S. citizens in the employment eligibility verification process, which includes E-Verify, than those required of U.S. citizens or those required by law,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Share this Post!
Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Join our subscribers list to receive updates regularly

Other Interesting Blog Posts

Speak to an HR Business Partner Today