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Immigration-Related Discrimination: DOJ Reaches Agreement with Massachusetts Staffing Agency
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The Justice Department (DOJ) has announced that it has reached an agreement with a Massachusetts Staffing Agency, resolving claims that the company engaged in citizenship status discrimination in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

DOJ’s investigation was apparently initiated based on a referral from the USCIS. During the investigation, it was found that the company requested unnecessary documents to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in connection with the company’s use of the E-Verify program, but not to similarly-situated U.S. citizens.

Under the settlement agreement, the company will

  • identify and provide back pay to individuals who suffered lost wages between September 2011 and January 2014 as a result of the company’s alleged discriminatory documentary practices;
  • pay $10,500 in civil penalties to the United States;
  • undergo training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA; and
  • be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility verification practices for two years.

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.

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