Photo: Immigration Discrimination Settles Against Kinro of IN
The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Kinro Manufacturing Inc. in Goshen, Ind., resolving allegations that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens in the employment eligibility verification process. The company, a manufacturer of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, is a subsidiary of Kinro Inc., which is wholly owned by White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries Inc.
According to the department’s findings, the company subjected newly hired non-U.S. citizens to excessive demands for documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security in order to verify their employment eligibility, but did not require U.S. citizens to show any specific documentation . The charging party, a lawful permanent resident, filed his charge of discrimination after he was required to provide additional proof of his employment eligibility not required by law before he could begin work at the company.
The Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from placing additional documentary burdens on work-authorized employees during the hiring and employment eligibility verification process based on their citizenship status or national origin.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Kinro Manufacturing will alter its practices to ensure that citizens and non-citizens are treated equally in the employment eligibility verification process, pay a $25,000 civil penalty and $10,000 in back pay to the injured party. Kinro Manufacturing has also agreed to train its human resources personnel about employers’ responsibilities to avoid discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process, to produce Forms I-9 for inspection and to provide periodic reports to the department for one year.