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Immigration-Related Discrimination: DOJ Reaches Agreement with Massachusetts Staffing Agency
January 25, 2014
The Justice Department 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). During DOJ’s investigation, it was found that the company requested unnecessary documents to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, but not to similarly-situated U.S. citizens. Under the settlement agreement, the company will now 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.
Immigration-Related Discrimination: DOJ Reaches Agreement with Michigan-based Staffing Company
September 13, 2013
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.
Immigration-Related Discrimination: DOJ Settles Claim Against Employment Group
August 26, 2013
DOJ has recently announced that it has reached an agreement with a Salt Lake City based company, resolving claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the company has agreed to pay over $9000 in back pay to the victim and $1,200 in civil penalties to the United States. The DOJ’s investigation arose following allegations made by a work-authorized individual that the company had rejected his valid driver’s license and unrestricted Social Security card and required him to produce an EAD, both at the time of initial hire and when subsequently re-verifying his employment authorization.
Immigration-Related Discrimination: DOJ Settles Claim Against Property Management Company
April 12, 2013
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. Under the terms of the agreement, the company agreed to pay $20,000 in civil penalties. DOJ’s investigation revealed that the company had improperly re-verified the documentation of lawful permanent residents when their documentation expired and that it did not re-verify expired documentation of U.S. citizens.
Form I-9 related Unfair Employment Practices: Company To Pay Penalties
March 27, 2013
The Justice Department has announced that it reached a settlement with a Georgia company to resolve immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices. It was alleged that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act and discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring specific and more documents than necessary from them when completing the Form I-9, while not imposing similar requirements of U.S. citizens.
Couple from Washington state sentenced for alien harboring and illegal employment
August 25, 2011
In a recent news release, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has informed that a husband and wife from northern Washington state have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from a probe by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations that revealed the pair had hired and harbored an illegal alien domestic worker. The couple paid the victim $57,000 in restitution at the time of their guilty pleas, and they are barred from having any contact with the victim or her family.
US-China Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region
July 23, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republic of China Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi reviewed the wide range of common interests between the United States and China and discussed ways to advance our shared goal of maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
H-1B Employees Have Right to Stay in the US While Extension is Pending
April 15, 2011
H-1B employees, whose timely- filed applications for extension of visas are pending before US immigration authorities, may not be arrested for "overstaying" now following a recent federal court ruling on the issue.
Senator Grassley Concerned that Companies are Using B-1 Visa Program to Circumvent H-1B Requirements
April 14, 2011
Senator Grassley wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano questioning the “B-1 in lieu of H-1B” policy currently in place. Grassley also referenced a formal complaint against Infosys that details how Infosys management in India decided to use the B-1 business visitor visa program to get around H-1B program restrictions. The plaintiff alleges that Infosys was importing foreign workers as B-1 business visitors under the guise of attending meetings rather than working for a wage as an employee of a U.S. company, which is forbidden under the statute and regulations governing the B-1 visa program.
Grassley's Letter to DHS Inspector General, Explaining his Concern about L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 1, 2011
Senator Grassley has called on the Inspector General of DHS to investigate the L-1 intracompany transferee program. Grassley outlined specific areas of concern in his letter to Acting Homeland Security Inspector General Charles Edwards. Among those concerns are an unclear number of L-1 visa holders actually in the United States, a broad definition of “specialized knowledge,” a disconnect between the Departments of Homeland Security and State on blanket petitions, and the alleged use of L-1 visas to circumvent requirements of H-1B visas.

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