The Justice Department has secured a settlement agreement with Micron Technology Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor memory and storage products based in Boise, Idaho.
The settlement resolves the department’s determination that Micron violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against a U.S. citizen when it failed to hire him for a position and instead hired a temporary visa worker.
The department’s investigation began when a U.S. citizen worker complained that Micron unfairly denied him employment because of his citizenship status. The department determined that Micron unlawfully preferred a temporary visa worker for the position, failing to meaningfully consider the U.S. citizen’s qualifications. Under the INA, employers cannot discriminate based on citizenship, immigration status or national origin at any stage of the hiring process, unless required or allowed by law.
Under the settlement, Micron will pay a civil penalty to the United States of $4,144 and offer back pay totaling $85,000 to the affected worker. Additionally, Micron will train its staff on the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, change its policies and procedures and be subject to departmental monitoring for a two-year period.
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