The Department of Justice Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative has secured a victory against the practice of anti-citizen discrimination carried out by the tech sector.
Robert Heath, an IT worker and U.S. citizen, triumphed over a Dallas-area corporation issuing job postings revealing it was interested in hiring specific classes of aliens.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), this constituted “discrimination against U.S. workers.”
The “settlement resolves claims that Ikon routinely discriminated against U.S. workers by posting job advertisements specifying a preference for applicants with temporary work visas, and that Ikon failed to consider at least one U.S. citizen applicant who applied to a discriminatory advertisement,” the DOJ added.
“Based on its investigation, the Department concluded that from May 8, 2019, to September 21, 2019, Ikon posted at least eight facially discriminatory job advertisements targeting non-U.S. citizens with immigration statuses associated with employment-based visas. For instance, the investigation revealed that one of Ikon’s advertisements stated, “Looking for OPT, CPT, H4 EAD, and H-1B transfer,” the department’s press release noted.
As a result, Ikon promised to stop discriminating against U.S. workers and pay $27,000 to the government and $15,000 to Heath.
“This is the eleventh settlement by the Civil Rights Division under its 2017 Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, which is aimed at targeting, investigating, and taking enforcement actions against companies that discriminate against U.S. workers in favor of temporary visa workers,” the DOJ noted.