Thursday, January 14, 2010

DOJ Releases Video About Immigration-Related Workplace Discrimination

DojThe Justice Department announced today the release of a new video (available here) aimed at educating employers about worker rights and employer responsibilities under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  The anti-discrimination provision forbids citizenship status and national origin discrimination in the workplace.

The half-hour video, available online and in DVD format, describes the types of discrimination prohibited and how employers can avoid discriminatory practices.  The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is distributing the DVD.  OSC enforces the anti-discrimination provision.  It also staffs telephone hotlines to help employers and workers quickly resolve immigration-related workplace problems.

"We want to ensure that workers know their rights and that employers know their responsibilities under our nation’s civil rights laws, which protect documented workers against employment discrimination because of their citizenship status, their accent, their appearance or their national origin," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

"While OSC vigorously pursues violators of this law, it also conducts an extensive public education program to train employers about fair employment practices and how to avoid discrimination against authorized workers," adds Perez.

Hat tip: Carol Furnish.


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