U.S. DOJ Webinars on Employment Discrimination
The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) offers webinars on immigration-related employment discrimination.
The OSC is part of the Civil Rights Division and enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1324b (the Act). This provision protects employees against discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status and national origin, and from discriminatory documentary practices in the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 and E-Verify) process.
In order to educate workers, advocates and employers about its work, OSC invites stakeholders to participate in an upcoming webinar. To learn more about the OSC, visit its website at www.usdoj.gov/crt/about/osc/.
Webinar participants will learn about workers rights and employer responsibilities in the I-9 and E-Verify process, and the types of discrimination prohibited by the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST
Register for the OSC Employer/HR webinar
- January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST
Register for the OSC Worker/Advocate webinar
Assistance OSC provides to workers and employers includes:
- Hotline. OSC operates a rapid-response hotline for workers who believe they have been discriminated against. In addition to general guidance, OSC is often able to get workers who have been fired or suspended back on the job within a few days, and employers often choose to pay back pay. The hotline can accommodate most foreign languages.
- Investigations and Litigation OSC investigates and prosecutes hundreds of cases each year related to citizenship status and national origin discrimination in employment, including so-called "document abuse (discrimination during the I-9 and E-Verify process). Some of these investigations result in informal resolutions, settlements, or lawsuits. OSC has the ability to open its own investigation when it learns of possible discrimination, even if there is no charge filed.
- Training and community education OSC can train LSC grantees' staff or speak at conferences or community education events. OSC also offers monthly webinars for general audiences of workers and their advocates that anyone can participate in remotely.
Here are some examples of situations where OSC helps:
- An employer requires Lawful Permanent Residents to show their green cards in order to be hired, but U.S. citizens are allowed to provide I-9 documents of their choosing.
- An employer does not hire a worker because she has a foreign accent.
- An E-Verify employer fires immigrant workers who receive E-Verify Tentative nonconfirmations (TNCs), but allows U.S. citizens to fix their TNCs.
- An employer fires a worker with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) because the worker's Employment Authorization Document (EAD) appears to have expired and the employer is unaware of or unwilling to recognize the automatic extension of that worker's EAD.
- An employer fires a work-authorized individual who receives a "No-Match" letter because the employee looks or sounds foreign.