DOJ Sues Smithfield Unit Over Discriminatory Hiring

Law360, New York (June 27, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice sued a Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary on Monday for allegedly discriminating against non-U.S. citizen employees by requesting unnecessary documentation from them when establishing their work eligibility.

Pork producer Farmland Foods Inc. required more work authorization documents than those required by federal law for non-U.S. citizen and foreign-born U.S. citizen applicants at its Monmouth, Ill., facility, according to the DOJ. Native-born U.S. citizens were not subject to the same requirements, the DOJ said.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based company’s allegedly discriminatory system violates...
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