Department of Justice Fines Texas Company for Discriminatory Hiring Practices

For discriminating against non-citizen job applicants, a Texas company will pay a fine of $15,400, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced.

Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, said he was pleased a settlement had been reached with Summit Steel Fabricators of Houston, and stressed that companies have an obligation to treat all applicants fairly when determining employment eligibility.

A DOJ investigation found that Summit Steel required non-citizen hires to furnish a permanent resident card or resident alien card even after establishing their eligibility to work in the United States. Under the settlement, Summit Steel will change its policy to remove this burden on immigrant workers and will retrain its human resources personnel. Summit will also provide progress reports to DOJ for three years.

The Summit Steel settlement was reached on the same day Fernando Jacobs, a former supervisor at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $30,000 for selling documents that allowed immigrants to travel and from the United States. His son, convicted as an accomplice, was sentenced to four years.