Seeking Job Applicants Only from India ? That’s Illegal
A New Jersey IT recruiting and contracting company placed an ad seeking applicants only from India. It was one of six job advertisements that the Justice Department determined were discriminatory against U.S. citizens, assessing the company $25,500 in civil penalties.
“When employers advertise jobs only to applicants from a certain country or who need temporary visas, they discourage all other eligible workers and deny them a fair chance to be considered,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will not tolerate national origin or citizenship status discrimination and is committed to knocking down these unlawful discriminatory barriers.”
The fine was levied as part of a settlement agreement with Infosoft Solutions Inc., a New Jersey IT recruiting and contracting company operating as KForce Tech LLC.
The Justice Department’s investigation determined that between July 2021 and August 2021, Infosoft posted at least six job ads inviting applications only from applicants who wanted sponsorship to work in the United States or who already had an employmentbased temporary visa. One of the six ads also required the candidates to be from India.
In doing so, the company deterred workers who didn’t need sponsorship, including asylees, refugees, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens.
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