The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered into four more settlements to resolve allegations that companies discriminated against non-US citizens by posting job opportunities with illegal restrictions on citizenship status on college recruitment platforms. These four agreements add to recent settlements the department made with 16 other companies to resolve similar claims in June 2022, bringing the total civil fine for all 20 employers to more than $1.1 million.

“With these four new settlements, the department has now held 20 companies accountable this year for employing discrimination against students based on their citizenship status,” said Kristen Clark, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Civil Rights is committed to law enforcement to ensure that job seekers — including lawful permanent residents, U.S. citizens, asylum seekers, and refugees — are not unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities for which they are eligible.”

The department’s involvement in these matters began after a Georgia Tech student, who was a lawful permanent resident at the time, filed a discrimination complaint with the Civil Rights Division’s Division of Immigrant and Personnel Rights. The student’s complaint alleged that Capital One Bank restricted a paid internship opportunity to US citizens only when he posted the job on Georgia Tech’s recruitment platform. During the investigation, the department learned of dozens of other discriminatory advertisements by employers that were posted on Georgia Tech’s recruitment platform as well as other platforms operated by colleges across the United States. The department has started investigations with 20 employers with whom it has already settled, and the investigation continues with other employers.

The department’s investigation found that each of the four companies posted at least one job posting except for non-US citizens on an online recruitment platform operated by Georgia Tech. Three companies – CarMax, Axis Analytics and Capital One Bank – have also posted discriminatory ads on other college job platforms. The department determined that advertisements prevented eligible students from applying for jobs because of their citizenship status, and in many cases citizenship status restrictions prevented students from applying or even meeting with company recruiters.

The new settlements require the four companies — CarMax, Axis Analytics LLC (also known as the Axis Group), Capital One Bank and Walmart — to pay a total of $331,520 in civil fines, depending on the number of discriminatory ads they have posted. CarMax will pay $186,480; Axis Analytics will pay $53872; Capital One Bank will pay $49,728; Walmart will pay $41,440. In addition to paying civil fines, the four employers must also require their recruiters to undergo training in their obligations under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Anti-Discrimination Act and refrain from including specific citizenship or immigration status designations in their on-campus job postings unless No restrictions required by law. They will also ensure that their other employment practices and policies comply with the provisions of the INA Anti-Discrimination Act.

Immigration and Nationality Act generally prohibits employers and recruitment agencies from restricting jobs based on citizenship or immigration status unless required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract. Immigration and Nationality Act protects U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens, refugees, asylum seekers, and recent lawful permanent residents from discrimination in the case of citizenship in employment, dismissal, hiring, or referral for a fee.

The Division of Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) of the Civil Rights Division is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship status and national origin in hiring, firing, hiring, or referral for a fee; Unfair documentary practices. revenge and intimidation.

Learn more about the work of the IER and how to get help with this brief video. The IER website contains more information about how employers can avoid discrimination based on nationality status when hiring and hiring. Applicants or employees who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their citizenship, immigrant status, or national origin at employment, termination of employment, employment, or during the employment eligibility verification process (Form I-9 and E-Verify); Or he is subjected to retaliation, he may bring an accusation. The public may also call the IER Personnel Hotline at 1-800-255-7688 (1-800-237-2515, TTY for the hearing impaired); Call the IER Employer’s Employer Hotline at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515, TTY for the hard of hearing); email [email protected]; Sign up for a free webinar; Or visit the IER’s English and Spanish websites. Subscribe to GovDelivery to receive updates from the IER.

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