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DOJ Announces Settlement with Illinois Company Over Citizenship Status Discrimination

On August 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Microlink Devices, an Illinois-based manufacturer of semiconductors and solar cells, over claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in six job postings that indicated an explicit citizenship status preference or excluded certain work-authorized non-citizens from consideration. The settlement agreement was reached prior to the filing of a formal complaint by the DOJ.

Although MicroLink maintains several federal contracts subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which govern the export and import of sensitive technology, these regulations do not permit employers to limit employment eligibility on the basis of citizenship status.

According to the terms of the settlement, MicroLink will pay $12,000 in civil penalties, revise its hiring and recruiting practices, conform future job announcements to federal immigration law, and be subject to training, reporting, compliance and monitoring requirements.

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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez focuses her practice on global business immigration matters. She advises corporate and individual clients in a variety of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases. She advises corporations on Form I-9 and E-Verify employment verification matters, including compliance audits, due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration-related defense in connection with worksite enforcement investigations. Nataliya also conducts Form I-9 and E-Verify trainings and frequently authors articles regarding immigration compliance issues. She...

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