The US Department of Justice has announced that it has signed a settlement agreement with an IT staffing and recruitment company based in Texas to discriminate against domestic workers in favor of temporary work visas, including the H-1B.
The Justice Department on Tuesday alleged that Icon Systems discriminated against US workers by temporarily posting job advertisements specifying preference for applicants with work visas, and the company in considering at least one US citizen applicant Failed who applied to discriminatory advertising.
Employers, no matter their size and for their industry, cannot restrict employment opportunities only for temporary visa holders. When employers post job advertisements that discriminate against American workers, they violate the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) citizenship-status discrimination provision, said Eric Driband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.
Our message is clear: If employers illegally discriminate against American workers by advertising, hiring, or hiring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to protect them under the Immigration and Nationality Act Will act, he said.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign employees in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The US issues 85,000 H-1B visas every year. Typically, they are issued for three years and are renewable. Most of the 600,000 H-1B visa holders are from India and China.
The Department of Justice said it is the 11th agreement under the 2017 US Security Forces initiative by the Civil Rights Division, aimed at targeting, investigating and enforcing action against companies that discriminate against US workers in favor of temporary visa workers.
The investigation against Econ began when a US citizen filed a discrimination complaint with the Civil Rights Division.
Based on its investigation, the department concluded that from May 8, 2019, to September 21, 2019, Econ targeted non-US citizens with employment-based visa-related immigration status for at least eight face discriminatory jobs. Posted advertisements.
For example, investigations have revealed that one of the advertisements for Icon, Opt, CPT, is looking for H4EAD and H-1B transfer. The department also determined that Econ failed to properly consider one of the US postings for job postings due to their citizenship status.
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