NEW YORK – Facebook is negotiating with US authorities, who accused it of illegally reserving jobs for immigrant workers it was sponsoring to get green cards instead of tapping into the US workforce. The plea agreement provides for the payment of 14.3 million dollars, of which 4.75 million to the government and up to 9.5 million to the victims of the alleged discrimination. The government argued that Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied skilled U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that it reserved for temporary visa holders.
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At the center of the dispute are H-1B visas, widely used by software programmers and other employees of major US technology companies.
The penalty is the largest the civil rights division has recovered in its 35-year history of enforcing anti-discrimination laws under the Immigration and Nationality Act. “Facebook is not above the law and must abide by the laws, which prohibit practices. discriminatory hiring, “says the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
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