The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement agreement with an employment agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania resolving allegations that the company discriminated under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it “impermissibly delayed the start date of two refugees after requiring them to provide specific Form I-9 documentation.” A news release from the DOJ is available at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crt-1004.html. As part of the settlement with the DOJ, the employment agency will:
- Undertake immediate corrective action to address and rectify its employment eligibility verification policies and practices,
- Provide full back pay to both victims by agreeing to pay $4,379 in back pay,
- Conform all of its actions to ensure compliance with the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, and
- Train its human resources personnel about the company’s responsibility to avoid discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process.