Contractor Settles INA Bias Claim With Largest-Ever Penalty

By Joe Van Acker (May 27, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that a California farm labor contractor accused of treating non-U.S. citizens unfairly has agreed to pay $320,000 in civil fines, the largest penalty ever imposed to resolve a discrimination claim under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Luis Esparza Services Inc. agreed to pay the civil penalties to resolve allegations that the company required immigrants authorized to work in the U.S. to produce documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the application process without requiring the same from American citizens.

"Creating unlawful discriminatory barriers that prevent work-authorized immigrants from working is...

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