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Feds reach settlement with West Dundee job agency

Updated: April 6, 2013 6:05AM

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with The Agency Staffing located in West Dundee, resolving claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, according to a department press release.

The Justice Department’s investigation concluded that The Agency Staffing applied enhanced employment eligibility procedures to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens that were run through the E-Verify program. The firm did not use these procedures when it ran U.S. citizens through E-Verify, the release said.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system run by federal government that confirms employment eligibility by comparing information from an worker’s Form I-9.

Under the settlement agreement, The Agency Staffing will pay $8,400 in civil penalties, undergo Justice Department training on federal anti-discrimination provisions, and be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility verification practices for a period of three years. The case was settled prior to the Justice Department filing a complaint in this matter.

“Employers cannot create higher hurdles for non-U.S. citizens in the employment eligibility verification process, which includes E-Verify, than those required of U.S. citizens or those required by law,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.

“We commend The Agency Staffing for restructuring its hiring processes to ensure that it will no longer be treating new hires differently based on their citizenship status.”

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