The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it has reached an agreement with a Dallas residential property management firm, resolving claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The DOJ’s investigation arose after a lawful permanent resident alleged that after working for the company for three years, the company improperly demanded that he produce an unexpired lawful permanent resident card, despite the fact that he had presented proper work authorization documentation at the time of his hire.The company discharged the worker when he was unable to present the document.
The DOJ’s investigation revealed that the companyhad also improperly re-verified the documentation of other lawful permanent residents when their documentation expired and that it did not re-verify expired documentation of U.S. citizens.
In response to the investigation, the company immediately reinstated the discharged worker and provided full back-pay for six weeks of lost wages. Under the terms of the agreement, the company has also agreed to pay $20,000 in civil penalties.
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