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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers


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Following a two-year government investigation of Facebook, prosecutors claimed the company had failed to make more than 2,600 jobs as readily available to Americans and other U.S. workers as to foreigners.

Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Facebook agreed on Tuesday to pay up to $14.25 million to settle claims brought by the federal government in the waning days of the Trump administration that the company had discriminated against United States workers.

The Justice Department sued the company in December, arguing that Facebook had declined to "recruit, consider or hire" qualified United States workers for thousands of positions. Instead, prosecutors said, the company gave those jobs to foreign workers who held temporary work visas.

The agreement with the Justice Department included payments of $4.75 million to the government and as much as $9.5 million to "eligible victims of Facebook's alleged discrimination," according to a news release. The combined settlement is the largest ever collected by the agency's civil rights division for violations of the anti-discrimination provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The company also separately settled concerns raised by the Labor Department this year over whether it had violated labor regulations.

From The New York Times
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