On November 10, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Hoover Inc. (“Hoover”) to resolve allegations that Hoover had engaged in a pattern/practice of employment discrimination by imposing unwarranted and discriminatory obstacles for lawful permanent residents in the Form I-9 process. According to the DOJ’s findings, Hoover re-verified all permanent residents who had presented a valid permanent resident card for Form I-9 purposes when the card expired. Hoover’s U.S. citizen workers, by contrast, were not required to present new documents.

Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, reminded employers that "… permanent residents in the United States have the right to continued employment without the burden of presenting new documentation when their green cards expire … .” According to the settlement, Hoover agreed to pay $10,200 in civil penalties, train its human resource (“HR”) personnel regarding their nondiscrimination responsibilities in the Form I-9 process, and provide periodic reports to the DOJ for one year.