$265K Settlement in I-9 Document Abuse Case: Real Time Staffing Services, LLC., d/b/a Select Staffing

$265K Settlement in I-9 Document Abuse Case: Real Time Staffing Services, LLC., d/b/a Select Staffing

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Real Time Staffing Services LLC, doing business as Select Staffing, a company based in Santa Barbara, California. The settlement resolves the department’s claims that Select Staffing discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The department’s investigation, which was initiated based on a referral from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), concluded that members of the company’s staff required non-U.S. citizens, but not similarly-situated U.S. citizens, to present specific documents during the employment eligibility verification process to establish their work authority. The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from placing additional documentary burdens on work-authorized employees during the employment eligibility verification process based on their citizenship status or national origin.

Under the settlement agreement, Select Staffing will pay $230,000 in civil penalties to the United States, create a $35,000 back pay fund to compensate individuals who may have lost wages due to the company’s practices and undergo training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. Certain Select Staffing branches will be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements for a period of three years." - DOJ, Aug. 15, 2014.