HOUSTON, Texas — The U.S. Department of Justice announced it has settled a discrimination lawsuit against the Aldine Independent School District in Texas.
The Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) investigated accusations of discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens.
The Department accused the ninth-largest school district in Texas of violating the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by requiring non-citizens to present specific documentation when re-verifying their employment eligibility once the original documents had expired, while not requiring “similarly situated” U.S. citizens to do the same.
The statement from the DOJ said that the INA prohibits employers from making documentary demands based on citizenship or national origin when verifying or re-verifying an employee’s authorization to work.
The release from the DOJ stated, “The INA prohibits discrimination because of citizenship status and the Civil Rights Division continues to enforce this statute around the country to remind all employers of their compliance obligations as well as to vindicate the rights of employees.”