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OSC Settles I-9 Discrimination Case for $115K

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Potter Concrete , a company based in Dallas , resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigation, which was initiated...

Seattle Co. Pays $40K+ to Settle I-9 Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with SK Food Group Inc., a company based in Seattle, resolving claims that the company used discriminatory document practices when verifying the work authority of non-citizens. The department’s investigation, which was initiated based on...

Texas Supermarket Chain Pays $43K to Settle I-9 Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Mexico Foods LLC, aka El Rancho Corp., a supermarket chain based in Garland, Texas, resolving claims that the company engaged in discrimination during the employment eligibility verification process in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

DOJ Settles Lawsuit Against Texas Bus Company for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Autobuses Ejecutivos LLC, doing business as Omnibus Express, a bus company based in Houston, Texas. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in August 2013 by the department under the Immigration and Nationality Act’s...

Deferred Action and Alienage Discrimination: Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual

"Over a week ago, the President extended “deferred-action” status to millions of people who faced deportation for residing in the US in violation of federal immigration law. (He then defended his legal authority to do so.) Around the same time, in Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance...

DOJ Settles Largest-Ever Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim for $320K Plus Lost Wages

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Luis Esparza Services, Inc. (LES), a farm labor contractor company based in Bakersfield, California, resolving claims that the company discriminated against individuals because of citizenship status in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act related to verifying U.S. employment eligibility...

OCAHO on Citizenship Discrimination: USA v. Estopy Farms

"Jerry Estopy and Manuel Bortoni d.b.a. Estopy Farms simply passed over a qualified U.S. citizen in favor of hiring temporary H-2A workers from Mexico. ... [N]othing in this forum’s governing statute or regulations mandates that a U.S. citizen be afforded any preference over an equally qualified...

Dumb and Dumber: DOJ Pops Staffing Companies for Citizenship Discrimination Blunders

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with three Memphis-area staffing agencies: Prestigious Placement; PFSWeb Inc.; and its subsidiary, Priority Fulfillment Services Inc. The agreement resolves two complaints alleging discrimination under the Immigration...

Constitutional (Equal Protection) Citizenship Victory in Texas: Villegas-Sarabia v. Johnson

"After careful consideration of the Petition and the memoranda supporting and opposing the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, the Court, for the reasons that follow, GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, DECLARES that the physical presence requirements under...

Neb. Meatpacking Co. to Pay $200K Fine to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Claim

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Nebraska Beef Ltd., a meat packing company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The settlement resolves an investigation by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) into whether...

Nevada Cab Companies Settle Immigration Discrimination Case: $445K Penalty

DOJ, Oct. 20, 2015 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Nevada Yellow Cab Corporation, Nevada Checker Cab Corporation, and Nevada Star Cab Corporation – three Las Vegas, Nevada, taxicab companies that collectively operate under the umbrella company “Yellow...

DOJ Settles I-9 Beef with Florida Landscaper

DOJ, Nov. 23, 2015 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Sunny Grove Landscaping & Nursery Inc. (Sunny Grove), a landscaping company in Ft. Myers, Florida. The settlement resolves the department’s investigation of Sunny Grove for discrimination against work-authorized...

OSC TAL on Replacing U.S. Workers with Visa Workers

DOJ OSC, Dec. 22, 2015 - "This is in response to your letter of November 2, 2015 to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC” or “Office”). In your letter, you pose several questions regarding whether certain employer practices...

OCAHO on Unfair Immigration-Related Discrimination: Chellouf v. IAUPR

Chellouf v. IAUPR, Feb. 24, 2016, published Mar. 3, 2016 - "There are no winners in this case. Chellouf has lost a fine professional position at which from all reports she excelled. The university has lost a valued faculty member for whom it appears IAUPR has had great difficulty finding a capable...

California Skilled Nursing Facility Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim, Pays $24K Penalty

DOJ, May 31, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center (VRB), a skilled nursing facility in San Diego. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation of VRB for discrimination against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens...

DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Macy’s

DOJ, June 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Macy’s over allegations that the large national retailer violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens at its Glendale, California, location. The...

DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Hartz Mountain Industries

DOJ, Aug. 9, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. (Hartz) to resolve the department’s investigation into whether the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizen job seekers, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

DOJ Proposed Rule: Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the INA

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 157 / Monday, August 15, 2016 - "The Department of Justice (Department) proposes to revise regulations implementing a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act concerning unfair immigration-related employment practices. The proposed revisions are appropriate...

SoCal Temp Staffing Co. Settles I-9 Claim for $175K

DOJ, Aug. 15, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with TEG Staffing Inc., also known as Eastridge Workforce Solutions, a temporary staffing agency headquartered in San Diego, to resolve allegations that their Mira Mesa, California, office discriminated against work-authorized...

Cleaning Co. Settles I-9 Dispute with DOJ for $195K

DOJ, Oct. 17, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today with American Cleaning Company (ACC) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ACC is a maintenance and janitorial company...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department...

DOJ Settles With Texas School District Over Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim; $140K Civil Penalty

DOJ, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with the Aldine, Texas, Independent School District resolving allegations that the district discriminated against work-authorized non-citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The...

Pizza Chain Settles with DOJ for $140K for I-9 Violations

DOJ, Mar. 21, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Pizzerias, LLC (Pizzerias), a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Miami, Florida. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Pizzerias violated the Immigration and Nationality...

Tiwari v. Mattis Update (Apr. 5, 2017)

Tiwari v. Mattis, No. 2:17-cv-00242-TSZ, W.D. Wa. - "This action challenges unconstitutional national origin discrimination imposed by, inter alia, Department of Defense (DoD) guidance memoranda that, inter alia, summarily deny Plaintiffs -- who are all naturalized U.S. citizens -- the ability to...