The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled with private employers over allegations of discrimination in their hiring practices. The allegations cited how the private employers violated the Immigration and Nationality Act. These agreements involved almost $1,000,000 in civil penalties.
The investigation by the DOJ into the claims started after a lawful permanent resident tipped them off. The resident informed them that a third-party job recruitment platform advertised a job only for United States citizens. The Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits this. In addition, this Act bans some types of employment discrimination based on national origin or citizenship status when hiring or recruiting.
The DOJ discovered several allegedly discriminatory job announcements on the reported website and other platforms operated by universities and colleges. The companies involved in the settlements denied any liability. Additionally, some employers stated that the colleges running the recruiting media were responsible for the alleged discriminatory violations. The DOJ remarked that employers are liable when the job posting for their jobs discriminates based on a potential applicant’s immigration status or citizenship.
This settlement shows how important it is to ensure your company’s recruiting and hiring practices comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act. However, there are steps your company can take to stay in compliance with the law, such as:
After hiring an employee, it will be necessary to complete Form I-9. Unfortunately, the varying documents employees may present during this process make completing the Form I-9 challenging. Therefore, it’s easy to make costly mistakes. The best way to ensure completed and correct Form I-9s is to invest in an electronic I-9 management system. Electronic tools help avoid expensive mistakes, guide employers through the entire process, and safely secure the completed forms for future use.
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