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Staffing firm settles E-Verify-related discrimination claim

March 01 2013

The Agency Staffing, located in West Dundee, Ill., will to pay $8,400 in civil penalties in a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, according to the DOJ.

The Agency Staffing will also undergo Justice Department training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, and be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility verification practices for a period of three years. The case settled prior to the Justice Department filing a complaint in this matter.

“It was basically that we did not want to pay attorney’s fees for the next four years just to prove a point,” said Yvonne Graff, The Agency Staffing’s operations manager. “Our attorney’s bills were already much larger than the settlement.”

A DOJ investigation concluded that The Agency Staffing applied enhanced employment eligibility procedures to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens that were run through E-Verify, an Internet-based system that confirms employment eligibility, and did not utilize these additional procedures when it ran U.S. citizens through E-Verify. 

Graff said the $8,400 fine makes it apparent there was little the DOJ found in the lengthy process that could cause the department to go forward with the investigation.

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