Facebook, DOJ reach $14M settlement to resolve US worker discrimination allegations

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The tech giant also tied up with the Labor Department

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Facebook will donate more than $14 million to resolve allegations of discrimination through the tech giant’s hiring and hiring practices.

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The Justice Department filed suit against Facebook in December 2020, alleging that, from at least January 1, 2018 until at least September 18, 2019, the company’s recruitment methods prevented US employees from applying for certain positions. withheld which were regularly reserved for temporary. Visa holders under Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM). The lawsuit claims that the company’s hiring process “deliberately discriminates against US workers because of their citizenship or immigration status, in violation of an anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”

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Following the DOJ’s lawsuit, the Labor Department began an audit in early 2021 for Facebook’s pending PERM applications to determine compliance with regulatory requirements and identify “potential regulatory hiring violations.”

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Under the DOJ agreement, Facebook will pay $4.75 million in civil penalties and establish a fund to provide up to $9.5 million to “eligible victims,” ​​the largest fine in the 35-year history of the INA adversary. monetary reward. discrimination provision

In addition, Facebook will have to train its employees on the INA’s anti-discrimination requirements, conduct more detailed advertising and recruitment of its job opportunities for all PERM positions, receive electronic resumes from all US employees who apply or Applications must be accepted, and additional steps to ensure recruitment for PERM positions closely match its standard recruitment practices.

“Facebook is not above the law, and must comply with our nation’s federal civil rights laws, which prohibit discriminatory hiring and recruiting practices,” Kristen Clark, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, said in a statement. Statement. “Companies cannot set aside certain positions for temporary visa holders because of their citizenship or immigration status. This agreement reflects the Civil Rights Division’s commitment to holding employers accountable and ending discriminatory employment practices.”

Meanwhile, as part of the Department of Labor Settlement, Facebook will provide additional notices and recruiting for US employees and will be subject to ongoing audits to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

A Facebook spokesperson told Granthshala Business that although the company believes it meets federal government standards in its Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) practices, it is seeking to end the ongoing litigation and continue with its PRM program. The settlements have been reached to move forward.

“These resolutions will enable us to focus our attention on hiring the best builders in the US and around the world and support our internal community of highly skilled visa holders seeking permanent residency,” the company said.


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