The U.S. Department of Justice has been working behind the scenes to hold companies accountable for discriminating against American workers, new reports show.
As a result of recent investigations, the agency has now reached a deal with Asta CRS Inc., a company that had been purposely choosing migrant workers in the U.S. on temporary work visas.
“A preference for non-U.S. citizens”
While businesses are permitted to look outside of the country for laborers when American workers are not available, the Trump administration has determined that such a tactic is not appropriate with so many unemployed citizens.
For that reason, the Justice Department has been working to identify and approach companies using this practice to fill their employee rosters.
According to the Washington Examiner, the DOJ has agreed to terms with Asta CRS Inc., one of the companies accused of hiring work visa employees over legal U.S. residents.
The Trump administration determined that the firm discriminated against American workers “because of their citizenship status when it posted a job advertisement specifying a preference for non-U.S. citizens who held temporary work visas.”
This development marks the ninth such agreement between the Justice Department and a large group of companies reportedly involved in similar violations.
“Denies those U.S. workers equal opportunity”
Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband explained the significance of these agreements in the pursuit of protecting the nation’s workforce.
“When a company advertises a job by stating a preference for temporary visa workers, it deters qualified and available U.S. workers from applying and denies those U.S. workers equal opportunity to compete for that employment,” he wrote.
As for other companies that might be considering this approach, Dreiband offered a word of warning.
“Our message to workers is clear: If companies advertise a preference for temporary visa holders over U.S. workers, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable,” he concluded. “This is especially important at a time when more U.S. workers may be seeking employment as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19.”
So far, more than $1.2 million in back pay for workers has been recovered by the Justice Department due to this current investigation, proving the administration is committed to advocating for American workers.