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Panda Express Settles Immigrant Discrimination Claims

Law360, New York (June 28, 2017, 5:40 PM EDT) -- The parent company of Panda Express will pay more than half a million dollars to settle claims that the nationwide fast-food chain excessively checked the immigration documents of already-verified employees, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced Wednesday.

According to the settlement, the restaurant group will pay a $400,000 civil penalty and $200,000 in back wages to workers who lost money through the company’s document-checking practices.

“Employers should ensure that their reverification practices comply with laws that protect workers against discrimination,” said Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division in a statement. “The Justice Department applauds Panda Express for its...

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