A catering business in Texas wanted to ensure they followed the law by not hiring illegal aliens, however, the Obama administration says they overstepped their boundary are have been fined thousands in civil penalties.
When potential employees came in for job interviews some had invalid green cards which are required by law to be active and up to date to be in the U.S. legally. So the owners would request that the individuals return back with updated documents proving their status was in fact legal.
Apparently this is now a crime to do and our system is so jacked up to not only ignore law, but to punish those who want to ensure only those who are here legally get the jobs.
This company should be rewarded for their behavior, but under this administration they are being chastised.
[quote_box_center]From Yahoo! News: A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States.
Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”
“Employers cannot discriminate against workers by requiring them to produce more documents than necessary in the employment eligibility verification and reverification processes,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights division, Molly Moran, said in a statement.
A lawful permanent resident’s card expires, but their right to work is permanent, and in this case Culinaire was requiring employees to present a renewed permanent resident card to be verified as work-eligible. The Justice Department claimed this violated a provision in the INA that prohibits employers from requiring extra documentation from non-citizen employees.
The Justice Department and Culinaire International did not immediately respond to request for comment.