Across the U.S., millions of immigrant workers help to ensure the economy remains strong. Despite their strong work ethic, employers often take advantage of them and their abilities. One such company just recently settled with the Department of Justice to ensure they adhere to the law. This settlement has significant provisions for all employers, especially those in New Jersey, with numerous immigrant workers.
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) specifically prohibits discrimination against workers in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens. It prevents companies from making employment decisions based on an employee’s or potential employee’s immigration status or national origin, as long as the employee is legally able to work in the U.S. The same law also provides employees with the right to choose which documents to provide to an employer that proves their eligibility to work in the U.S. And it also prevents employers from retaliating against employees who file a claim of discrimination against their employer.
Details of the settlement
With the settlement, the company agreed to make changes to its hiring and employment practices so that they align with the INA. Additionally, the company agreed to pay a fine of $40,000 for their business immigration discrimination practices. They must also work to train their employees and ensure they understand the anti-discrimination policies set forth within the INA.
This settlement represents a win for immigrant rights advocates. It demonstrates a willingness of the federal government to hold employers accountable for their actions and pursue legal remedies for discriminatory practices. Hopefully, this case will prompt other employers to ensure that they follow the law when it comes to their own employment practices.