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Employer accused of immigration discrimination settles claim

In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act became a part of this nation's code of law in an effort to bring more clarity to the issue of immigration. While the original piece of legislation has undergone several revisions, the Act is still in place and works to protect the rights of those seeking employment from immigration discrimination. Residents in North Carolina are also afforded protection under this section of laws.

Recently, an employer who was accused of violating this law reached an accord with the U.S. Department of Justice. The claim first came about when the company, Diversified Business Consulting Group, Inc., was apparently requesting additional and specific documentation from those hopeful employees who were identified as non-citizens. The company did so in an alleged attempt to further clarify an applicant's legal right to obtain employment in this country.

However, this request for specific documentation is a clear violation of the immigration act. An official for the Civil Rights Division lauded the company for its cooperation with the Office of Special Counsel, which is the agency responsible for investigating any claims of discrimination counter to the INA. The company agreed to pay a fine in excess of $7,600 and to implement training on anti-discrimination. Additionally, the company will be subject to periodic review to ensure that no further discriminatory practices occur.

The INA was enacted to ensure that employers do not attempt to engage in any immigration discrimination practices while hiring or terminating employees as well as engaging in any intimidation tactics. North Carolina residents who believe that they were subjected to any questionable requests when seeking employment do have recourse to local professionals who can impart additional information regarding their current rights. Moreover, these resources can provide additional assistance if one has concerns about one's current legal status and the right to obtain gainful employment.

Source:, "Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Diversified Business Consulting Group Inc", Dec. 22, 2014

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