Popular social media site Facebook is facing serious legal action from the Department of Justice for its hiring practices, including allegedly discriminating against U.S. workers. It’s the latest legal action the Trump administration is putting forth against the site.
The DOJ press release states Facebook has refused to hire qualified and available workers in the U.S. for more than 2,600 positions. Instead, it focused on hiring temporary visa holders and sponsoring them for permanent work authorization linked to the permanent labor certification process.
The lawsuit, filed after a two-year investigation, claims Facebook had purposely come up with a hiring system that denied highly-qualified U.S. workers a fair chance to find out and apply for Facebook jobs. Instead, Facebook was allegedly hiring temporary visa holders so they can sponsor them for green cards.
Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband said the DOJ’s lawsuit against Facebook insists the company is intentionally and willfully engaging in widespread violations with the setting aside of positions for the temporary visa holders instead of giving them to actually qualified workers in the U.S. The investigation, Dreiband said, was to find reasonable cause as noted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
The DOJ wants to clarify that companies who deny employment to U.S. workers in favor of temporary visa holders will be held accountable. The agency put forth the steps the social media allegedly went with not to hire U.S. citizens and reserved numerous positions for temporary visa holders.
The lawsuit also states Facebook looked to give jobs to temporary visa holders over U.S. workers by not advertising the openings on its career website and asked applicants to use physical mail only and denied any U.S. worker’s resume.
The lawsuit states Facebook is usually reliant on recruitment methods and advertises its positions on career websites and accepting electronic applicants.
If true, Facebook could face some severe penalties beyond its censorship practices.