The Justice Department is bringing a lawsuit against Facebook alleging discrimination against US workers.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging the social media company discriminated against US workers in its hiring practices in favor of temporary visa holders. The lawsuit is the result of a two-year investigation into the social media company's recruitment system.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook has refused to recruit, consider, or hire skilled and available U.S. workers for more than 2,600 positions that Facebook has instead reserved for temporary visa holders it has in connection with the permanent certificate of employment (PERM) process has sponsored a permanent work permit. The specific roles at the center of alleged discrimination based on hiring practices on Facebook featured an average salary of more than $ 150,000.
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"The Justice Department's lawsuit alleges that Facebook committed willful and widespread violations of the law by reserving jobs for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and skilled US workers," said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband from the Civil Rights Division. "This lawsuit follows a nearly two-year investigation into Facebook's practices and a finding by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Department on a“ reasonable cause. ”Our message to workers is clear: If companies deny job opportunities by temporarily favoring temporary visa holders, they will Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by temporarily favoring temporary visa holders, they will be held accountable by the Department of Justice. Our message to all employers, including those in the technology sector, is clear: You cannot illegally prefer to hire, consider, or hire temporary visa holders of US workers. "
The lawsuit states: "Between January 1, 2018 and at least September 18, 2019, Facebook routinely preferred temporary visa holders for jobs related to the PERM process, a Department of Labor process that enables employers to offer temporary positions Visa holders by converting them into permanent residents. Rather than looking for available American workers for permanent positions, Facebook reserved the positions for temporary visa holders based on their immigration status. "
In doing so, the social media giant went against traditional hiring practices, waived advertising on its usual recruiting website, and encouraged applicants to apply by mail. If American workers still found a way to apply, their candidacy was not considered. Though seldom, it did.
The DOJ concluded in its 17-page complaint: "During the relevant period, Facebook received zero or one US applicant for 99.7 percent of its PERM positions, while comparable positions on Facebook typically received a similar period of time on its career- Each website advertised attracted 100 or more applicants. These U.S. workers were denied the opportunity to be considered for the jobs Facebook wanted to refer to temporary visa holders. "
Facebook responded, "Facebook has been working with the DOJ to investigate this issue and, while we deny the allegations in the complaint, we cannot comment on any pending litigation."
The DOJ's lawsuit was filed as part of the Trump administration's 2017 initiative to protect US workers in the Civil Rights Division. The department is seeking civil sanctions for U.S. workers denied employment opportunities based on alleged discriminatory practices and assurances that Facebook will no longer use these practices in the future.
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