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Facebook to pay fine over temporary workers. FB agreed to pay up to $14.25 million.

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On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against US workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders.

As part of the DOJ’s “Protecting US Workers Initiative” (PERM), Facebook will pay a civil penalty of $4.75 million to the United States and up to $9.5 million to “eligible victims of Facebook’s alleged discrimination.”

In December 2020, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that it had discriminated against US workers by hiring temporary workers, including H1-B visas.

Assistant Attorney General, Kristen Clarke, stated, “Facebook is not above the law and must comply with our nation’s federal civil rights laws, which prohibit discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices.”

A Facebook spokesperson stated, “While we strongly believe we met the federal government’s standards in our permanent labor certification (PERM) practices, we’ve reached agreements to end the ongoing litigation and move forward with our PERM program.”

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