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DOJ Penalizes Utah Company for Discrimination in Hiring Practices

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

DOJ recently issued a statement regarding a Utah engineering firm, Setpoint Systems, Inc., and their hiring practices. The company is in a specialized area of business that handles engineering exports of defense articles and services and falsely believed they should only hire U.S. Citizens to fill their professional positions.

This practice has led to an investigation by the DOJ and thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, the company is now subject to DOJ monitoring and reporting requirements, which is an ongoing burden of federal oversight.

Every Company Needs Training

This case is one of many discrimination cases that have been arising out of the DOJ Immigrant Employee Rights Section that investigates employers for discriminatory and unlawful hiring practices. Along with heightened worksite enforcement, we are seeing an increase in discrimination enforcement!

US employers are required to maintain compliance per Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Corporate Immigration Compliance Plans, Policies, and Procedures contain a blue print for employers on policies including training, annual Form I-9 audits, and discrimination, among others. The only way to begin avoiding noncompliance with the the law is to ensure those handling your hiring, onboarding, etc. are trained on these legal issues.

You can find training here: LINK

Danielle Atchison

Business Immigration Lawyer

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