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Company Pays $200,000 to Settle with OSC on Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

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By Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) reached an agreement with Crookham Company, of Caldwell, Idaho, whereby it agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve allegations that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The investigation found Crookham discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by requiring them to produce either a permanent resident card (green card) or employment authorization card to prove their work authorization, whereas U.S. citizens were permitted to choose whichever valid documentation they wanted to present to prove their work authorization. Under the INA, all workers, including non-U.S. citizens, can choose whichever valid documentation they would like to present from the lists of acceptable documents to prove their work authorization. It is unlawful for an employer to limit employees’ choice of documentation because of their citizenship or immigration status.

Under the settlement agreement, Crookham will be subject to monitoring for a three-year period. Prior to the settlement, Crookham proactively underwent department-provided training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA and

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