"The Justice Department
announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with
S.W.J.J. Inc., or Sernak Farms, based in Weatherly, Penn., to settle
allegations that Sernak engaged in discrimination on the basis of
citizenship status by preferring to hire temporary visa holders over
U.S. citizen applicants and adversely treating its U.S. citizen
The underlying charge was filed by Philadelphia Legal Assistance on behalf of eight U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico. The Department of Justice investigation indicated that Sernak hired
three foreign national workers under the H2-A visa program without
considering hiring three of the eight U.S. citizens because of the
belief that H2-A visa holders are more diligent than U.S. workers.
Of the five U.S. citizens it did hire, the department’s
investigation suggested that Sernak treated them differently than
Sernak’s foreign national employees in their terms and conditions of
employment, and then dismissed them because of their citizenship status." - DOJ, Dec. 13, 2011.