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US - Staffing Firm Settles Anti-discrimination Lawsuit

May 31 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice settled a lawsuit Wednesday against Whiz International LLC, a Jersey City, N.J.-based IT staffing company, for terminating an employee in retaliation for opposing the firm’s alleged preference for pursuing foreign nationals with temporary work visas.

The company has agreed to pay $21,780 in monetary relief to the injured party, which included back pay, in addition to a $1,000 civil penalty. The company has also agreed to be subject to three years of monitoring and reporting by the Justice Department.

“We are pleased to reach a swift and just resolution of this case,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. “Retaliation against employees for speaking up against potential civil rights violations will never be tolerated. The Civil Rights Division is committed to ensuring that U.S. citizens and other work-authorized individuals are not discriminatorily denied work opportunities.”

Read the Staffing Industry Daily News’ initial coverage on the suit here.

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