• The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Office of Special Counsel has entered into a settlement agreement with one of the largest hospitality companies in the world.  The DOJ alleged that the company discriminated against non-citizens in the employment eligibility verification processes, including E-Verify.  Specifically, the government alleged that the company impermissibly held non-U.S. citizens to a different standard during the I-9 employment eligibility verification process by asking that specific documents be presented, beyond what is required and allowed under federal law.  The company has agreed to pay $250,000 in civil penalties, compensate employees who lost wages as a result of its practices, train its personnel on the immigration laws pertaining to discrimination, and be subject to compliance monitoring and reporting requirements for 3 years.
  • The DOJ also reached settlement with  Houston Community College (HCC), after an investigation into similar claims of immigration-related discrimination.  Under the settlement agreement, HCC agrees to pay $83,600 in civil penalties, centralize its employment eligibility verification process, create a $20,000 back pay fund to reimburse additional individuals that were harmed in the similar scenario, train its human resources personnel on the immigration laws pertaining to discrimination, and be subject to compliance monitoring and reporting requirements for 2 years.