REFUSED TO ISSUE AIRPORT BADGE, EVEN THOUGH WORKER HAD VALID DOCSIn late September, the United States Department of Justice announced that it had settled a claim of immigration related employment discrimination brought against the United Postal Service.
Apparently, UPS rejected documentation presented by non-U.S. citizens when they were attempting to procure an airport badge, so that they could work at the company’s airport facility in Boston, Massachusetts. UPS wrongfully rejected documentation which would have satisfied the airport’s requirements. And when a worker objected to the treatment, he was reportedly terminated.
In addition to paying $100,000 to the impacted individual, the company has agreed to modify its policies and practices, will train its staff as to the law’s requirements, and will also pay a penalty to the U.S. government.
In a written statement, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division noted that, “Employers cannot create unlawful barriers based on workers’ immigration status at any point during the hiring process …. The Civil Rights Division will vigorously enforce the law to ensure employers conduct all parts of the hiring process fairly and that workers are not retaliated against for exercising their rights.”
No merit badge for UPS there ....
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