Immigration Law

Teaching Hospital Agrees to Pay $115,000 for Discrimination during the I-9 Process

"Today, the Department of Justice announced another “6-figure” anti-discrimination settlement agreement – this one with the University of California San Diego Medical Center – to resolve allegations that the hospital failed to comply with proper I-9 procedures for non-citizens who are authorized to work in the United States. As described in my earlier blog post in December, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against UCSD Medical for an alleged pattern or practice of requesting excessive I-9 documentation. Under the terms of the settlement announced today, UCSD Medical has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $115,000, one of the higher civil penalties we’ve seen to date. In addition, UCSD has agreed to conduct supplemental training of its human resources personnel on their responsibilities to avoid discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process and work with the DOJ to ensure compliance with proper Form I-9 processes across all University of California campuses, medical centers and facilities." - John Fay, Jan. 4, 2012.