A Virginia-based IT staffing and recruiting company will pay $12,000 in civil penalties for discrimination against both US citizens and non-US citizens with permission to work in the US.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) reached a settlement agreement with Technology Hub. Under the terms, Technology Hub will pay $12,000, revise its policies, and train employees on the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) anti-discrimination provision.
The DoJ’s investigation revealed that at least three times, Technology Hub excluded asylees, refugees, and US nationals when advertising vacancies for only US citizens and lawful permanent residents. On at least one occasion, the company discriminated against US workers when it advertised a job seeking only H-1B [temporary employment of foreign workers in specialty occupations]visa workers.
“Neither employers nor staffing agencies can exclude job applicants by advertising or implementing unlawful preferences based upon citizenship or immigration status,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
According to the DoJ, the company’s practices harmed workers who fell outside those preferences by deterring them from applying.
US citizens, US nationals, refugees, asylees, and recent lawful permanent residents are protected by the INA from workplace discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status. Under the INA, employers can only limit jobs based on citizenship or immigration status if required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract.
Meta agrees to drop ad tool after race bias lawsuit
Recently, Meta agreed to stop using an ad-serving tool after it was alleged that its algorithm discriminated against people based on color, race, nationality, sex, religion, disability, and familial status.
According to the DoJ, Meta “will develop a new system to address racial and other disparities caused by its use of personalization algorithms under its supervision.” This marks the first time the tech giant will be subject to court oversight for its targeted advertising system.
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