Oct 19, 2021

Facebook settles US worker discrimination claims

Facebook has agreed to pay a record $14.5m to settle claims it discriminated against US workers in its hiring practices. The US Department of Justice had claimed the tech giant routinely overlooked US workers in favour of foreign ones on temporary visas. The US tech sector often uses temporary visas, including the H-1B, to bring highly skilled foreign guest workers to the US. It argues they are vital, because there are not enough American science and engineering graduates to fill the jobs available in areas such as artificial intelligence. Critics say the laws governing temporary visas are lax, and make it too easy to replace US workers with cheaper foreign labour - something US law prohibits. The Department of Justice alleged that from January 2018 until September 2019, Facebook had "Refused" to recruit, consider or hire US workers for more than 2,600 jobs.

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