N.J. Company Settles DOJ Findings It Wouldn’t Permit Non-U.S. Citizens To Apply for Certain Job

Employers that don’t allow non-U.S. citizens who are authorized to work in this country to apply for specific jobs are inviting unwanted federal government scrutiny.

The latest example is adverse findings by the U.S. Department of Justice against New Jersey-based Hartz Mountain Industries Inc.

According to the DOJ, Hartz, a real estate development and management company based in Secaucus, New Jersey, discriminated based on citizenship status by publishing a job posting that required applicants for a particular job opening to be U.S. citizens, in violation of the INA.

Job postings with citizenship preferences or requirements violate the INA by restricting employment opportunities available to work-authorized non-citizens.  While there are exceptions in the INA that allow for specific positions to be subject to citizenship requirements, the position available at Hartz did not meet the criteria, the DOJ charged.

Under the settlement agreement, Hartz will pay $1,400 in civil penalties to the United States, train its human resources staff on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, review its policies and be subject to monitoring by the department for a three-year period.

Read more about the settlement here.

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