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Education and Enforcement of the Antidiscrimination Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , Civil Rights Division
CFDA #: 16.110

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) continued to conduct outreach activities, including providing grants to community-based and nonprofit organizations and government entities to educate employers, employees, immigrant service providers and the general public about employer and immigrant rights and responsibilities under the statute. OSC staff members made numerous educational presentations across the country, including presentations sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, OSC grantees and other nonprofit organizations. In addition to obtaining relief on behalf of individual victims of discrimination, OSC prosecuted pattern or practice discrimination cases. For example, OSC settled a complaint that it had filed before an administrative law judge against Swift & Company, a division of ConAgrea, Inc. OSC alleged that since 1990, Swift & Company's Worthington, Minnesota plant engaged in a pattern or practice of citizenship status discrimination and unfair documentary practices during the hiring process against U.S. citizens who looked or sounded "foreign" and against lawful work-authorized immigrants. Swift & Company agreed to pay $174,088 in civil penalties and $13,412 in back pay, provide employment discrimination training for its human resource personnel, and offer job interviews and positions to individual victims. OSC partnered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to do outreach at its technical assistance program seminars for employers throughout the country. In addition, the OSC maintained its memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with state and local jurisdictions to promote the protection of the rights under the INA, and to better educate the immigrant community, the business community, and the general public about the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees under the INA. At the end of FY 2003 there were 50 MOUs in place.