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“Document Abuse” Could Cost You $75,000.00

by Katherine Tracy

Master Klean Janitorial, a company based in Denver, Colorado, has learned the expensive way that requiring certain employees to provide more documentation than necessary to establish employment eligibility could cost you. Today, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with Master Klean concerning claims that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act based on a pattern or practice of discriminatory documentary requests based on citizenship status.The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prevents “document abuse” – the practice of employers requiring work-authorized employees to provide additional documentation during the hiring and employment eligibility verification process due to the employees’ citizenship status or national origin.

Master Klean attracted the attention of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which referred the company to the Department of Justice. The DOJ determined that  Master Klean made unlawful demands on work-authorized non-U.S. citizen new hires to provide specific documentation to verify their employment eligibility. However, it only required U.S. citizens to present their choice of documentation.

In the settlement, Master Klean will pay $75,000 in civil penalties to the United States, undergo training on the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, revise its employment eligibility verification policies and be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility verification practices for one year. A costly lesson for sure – perhaps one that could have been easily avoided.

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