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Facebook sued for favouring H1B visa holders

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly discriminating against workers in the

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Dec 2020 6:17 AM GMT

SAN FRANCISCO: The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly discriminating against workers in the US, keeping a separate job listing process for the H1B visa holders.

The lawsuit alleged that Facebook refused to recruit, consider, or hire qualified and available US workers for over 2,600 positions that the social network, instead, reserved for temporary visa holders it sponsored for permanent work authorisation (or green cards).

"The positions that were the subject of Facebook's alleged discrimination against US workers offered an average salary of approximately $156,000," the DoJ said in a statement late on Thursday.

According to the lawsuit, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified US workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that "Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards".

"The Department of Justice's lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers," said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. (IANS)

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