Photo: Macy's Discrimination Suit
The Justice Department announced it has reached a settlement agreement with retailing giant Macy’s over charges it discriminated against its immigrant employees.
The DOJ had launched an investigation when Macy employees complained about the retailer’s “unfair” employment practices that included excessive paperwork requirements for immigrant employees.
In addition Macy’s limited the type of documents it would accept from these employees but not make the same requirement of non-immigrant employees. The discriminatory practices were occurring when the employee was already an employee of Macy’s and the company was verifying the employees ability to remain working.
DOJ charged that Macy’s would either suspend, terminate or demote these immigrant employees while it was trying to verify their work eligibility.
The federal government bars employers from demanding more or different documents, or changing documentation rules, based on people’s immigration status or national origin.
In the settlement Macy’s has agreed to revise its employment eligibility policies and train all its human resource personnel on anti-discrimination practices. It will also pay a $175,000 fine and pay $100,000 in back pay to the immigrant employees that suffered due to its practices.