The Justice Department (DOJ) announced recently that it has reached an agreement with a Troy, Michigan, based staffing company, resolving an allegation of discrimination based on citizenship status during the employment eligibility re-verification process at one of its branch locations. Under the agreement, the company will compensate the former employee for lost wages and pay civil penalty to the United States.
DOJ announced that it had initiated an investigation based on information obtained from a former employee of the company and the investigation concluded that the company had terminated the individual’s employment during the employment eligibility re-verification process when he did not produce a new USCIS-issued document, even though he had a valid unrestricted Social Security card at the time that was also acceptable to show continued employment eligibility.
Ensuring proper compliance with Employment Eligibility Verification is a key responsibility of U.S. employers. Contact VisaPro to learn more about an employer’s legal obligations and how to properly comply with immigration requirements.