Facebook is paying $4.75 million in fines and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims to resolve Justice Department allegations that it discriminated against US workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill high-paying jobs .
Facebook also agreed on Tuesday in a deal announced to train its employees in anti-discrimination rules and to provide more comprehensive advertising and recruiting for job opportunities in its permanent labor certification program.
The Department of Civil Rights said Facebook has been recruiting, considering or hiring US workers, a group that includes US citizens and citizens, refugees, refugees and lawful permanent residents, for positions reserved for temporary visa holders. For “regularly declined”.
Facebook sponsored a “green card” to authorize Visa holders to work permanently.
Officials said it is the largest civil penalty and backpay award by the Civil Rights Department in its 35-year history of enforcing anti-discrimination rules under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“Facebook is not above the law and must comply with our nation’s civil rights laws,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke told reporters in a telephone conference.
The lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the Justice Department last December.
Facebook also agreed in a separate agreement with the Labor Department to expand its hiring for US workers and be subject to ongoing audits to ensure compliance.
The Associated Press
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