Social media giant Facebook (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report has agreed to pay a fine of $4.75 million and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims to resolve a Justice Department case involving discrimination against U.S. workers in favor of hiring foreigners with special visas.
The Justice Department's civil rights division found that Facebook “routinely refused” to recruit, consider or hire U.S. workers and instead sponsored special visa holders for green cards to fill high-paying jobs.
The government said Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that it instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders.
“Facebook is not above the law and must comply with our nation’s civil rights laws,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke.
In a separate settlement with the Labor Department, Facebook also agreed to expand its recruitment for U.S. workers and to be subject to ongoing audits to ensure compliance.