McDonald’s Drops Illegal Paperwork Requests in Settlement of Immigration Bias Claim With DOJ

A settlement announced today between the U.S. Department of Justice and McDonald’s USA LLP and its corporate affiliates and subsidiaries puts an end to the company’s “long standing practice” of requiring lawful permanent residents to show a new permanent resident card when their original document expires.

The company did not make the equivalent request to its U.S. citizen employees who showed documents that later expired, DOJ charged. Those lawful permanent residents who were asked and could not provide a new card were not allowed to work, some even losing their jobs as a result.

Those actions violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, by placing additional documentary burdens on lawful permanent residents during the employment eligibility verification process because of their citizenship or immigration status, according to the DOJ.

The settlement agreement, which includes a $355,000 civil penalty, only address actions by McDonald’s, not its franchises.

The settlement announcement includes information on what INA allows and doesn’t allow regarding verification of employees’ status to work legally in the United States.

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