A Texas business was recently accused of citizenship discrimination against some of its employees and reached a settlement with the federal government for the infraction. The Justice Department has asked the catering company to provide a fine of $26,400 for illegal citizenship discrimination. Records claim that the catering business may have required employees who were not U.S. citizens to provide additional evidence of their ability to legally work in America.
This practice was considered discriminatory and may have financially injured certain potential workers. The situation questioned for discriminatory actions occurred when the catering employer requested workers furnish a new permanent resident's card after they had expired. Regardless of card expiration, a non-citizen employee may still be eligible to work.
The company agreed to a settlement with the government that includes specific training on the Immigration and Nationality Act and anti-discrimination. This is in addition to changing the process the company uses to verify an employee's eligibility to work. The settlement includes the government fines and a $40,000 trust to provide potentially lost income any victims may have suffered due to discrimination.
The process to confirm a potential employee's eligibility to work in the United States requires certain documents. Regulations and laws prohibit Texas businesses from requiring additional paperwork or documentation beyond this to verify if a non-citizen is able to work. A worker that feels they have suffered discrimination due to the illegal requests of their employer may seek guidance to help understand their rights and attempt to protect their professional position.
Source: dailycaller.com, "Business Punished For Engaging In 'Citizenship-Discrimination'", Rachel Stoltzfoos, Sept. 2, 2014