A Louisiana company was ordered to pay over $100,000 after they were found to discriminate against American workers and favored foreign nationals through a work visa program.
The payment was part of the settlement Barrios Street Realty LLC made with the Justice Department.
The Lockport, Louisiana firm is also now banned from participating in the temporary H2-B visa program that it used to hire foreign workers.
The DOJ said that the company in 2014 rejected 73 U.S. workers who applied for jobs as sheet-metal roofers or laborers because of its “hiring preference for temporary foreign workers under the H-2B visa program.”
In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said: “The Department of Justice will not tolerate employers misusing visa programs to discriminate against U.S. workers… We will vigorously prosecute claims against companies that place U.S. workers in a disfavored status.”
The H-2B visa program allows employers in the U.S. to bring in foreign workers to fill in temporary non-agricultural jobs.
The Daily Caller reports:
The penalty comes on the heals of the Department of Homeland Security approving 15,000 more H-2B visas after the U.S. hit its 66,000 annual quota in July. DHS says adding the visas is an “America First” policy, although President Trump criticized the use of foreign workers during his election campaign.
“We are talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm if they do not get additional H-2B visas,” DHS press secretary David Lapan said.
DHS is not expected to raise the visa cap again until 2018.