Trump DOJ announces lawsuit alleging discrimination based on citizenship status

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Trump DOJ announces lawsuit alleging discrimination based on citizenship status

From the Inbox –

DOJ

July 26, 2017

“The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against Louisiana-based companies Technical Marine Maintenance Texas LLC, which provides contract shipyard labor, and Gulf Coast Workforce LLC, a related company, alleging that they violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against applicants and employees during the employment eligibility verification process based on the workers’ citizenship status.

According to the complaint, from at least January 2014 until at least July 2017, Technical marine Maintenance Texas limited the documentation workers could provide to establish their work authorization based on the workers’ citizenship status. Specifically, the company asked U.S. citizens to produce “ID’s” and Social Security cards, while requesting immigration documents from non-U.S. citizens. Under the INA, all workers, regardless of their citizenship status, must be allowed to choose from among the valid documentation that proves their employment eligibility. The INA specifically prohibits employers from discriminating by limiting workers’ choices based upon citizenship status. The complaint also alleges that Gulf Coast Workforce is liable for Technical Marine Maintenance Texas’ actions because Gulf Coast employs or jointly employs the affected workers.”

Read the rest of the press release here.

Read the complaint here.

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