DOJ Sues Facebook, Alleging Discrimination Against American Workers | National News

The Trump administration is suing Facebook, alleging that the social media giant discriminated against American workers in the way it hired foreigners for high-paying positions.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Justice Department accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit or consider U.S workers for some 2,600 positions from January 2018 to September 2019, instead reserving those jobs for H-1B temporary work visa holders that the company sponsored for permanent residency, often known as a green card.

Federal law requires companies to demonstrate that there are no qualified U.S. workers for a position before it offers the job to a foreign worker on a temporary visa who the company can then sponsor for an employment-based green card.

DOJ alleges in its lawsuit that Facebook reserved those thousands of jobs for foreign workers it sponsored for green cards through a federal immigration process dubbed PERM. Facebook did not advertise the positions on its careers website, required applicants to apply by mail and refused to consider U.S. workers for the roles, the Justice Department alleges.

“Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers – including those in the technology sector – is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division said in a press release.

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A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement that the company cannot comment on pending litigation, but it is cooperating with the DOJ and will dispute the allegations in court.

The Trump administration has been highly critical of Facebook and other large tech companies and has frequently accused them of censoring content.

The DOJ’s lawsuit is the second action the administration has taken targeting big tech companies since November’s election.

President Donald Trump this week threatened to veto a $740 billion defense spending bill unless Congress repeals Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230, which has been at the center of controversy for years, shields digital services from liability for content posted by their users.

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