Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

DOJ Settles Citizenship Discrimination Case; Staffing Company to Pay $100K

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"The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Onward Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company based in Wilton, Conn., resolving allegations that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on its home page and third party websites that limited its jobs to U.S. citizens.  According to the department’s investigation, over a one year period, thousands of Onward Healthcare’s job postings impermissibly limited applications to U.S. citizens, even though work-authorized immigrants, such as lawful permanent residents, asylees and refugees, should have been allowed to apply as well.  The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) generally prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of citizenship status unless required by law, regulation or government contract.  The department determined that the company had no legal basis for its stated citizenship preference.   “Federal law protects