Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DOJ Sues Arizona College for Discriminating Against Non-Citizens During Hiring Process

"Justice Department sues Arizona school system"
"Keeping the heat on Arizona’s immigration policies, the U.S. Justice Department has sued a Phoenix-area community college system for allegedly discriminating against non-citizens by requiring them to show extra paperwork before they could be hired.

The suit, filed against the Maricopa County Community College District on Monday, comes less than two months after the Justice Department sued Arizona over the state’s tough new law targeting illegal immigrants. The department also is investigating possible civil-rights abuses by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a border hawk who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff.” ...

The latest lawsuit followed a yearlong Justice Department probe that officials say revealed “a pattern or practice of discrimination” by the community college system. During an 18-month period, nearly 250 non-citizen job applicants were required to present green cards and other work-eligibility documents beyond those required by federal law.

The Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination clause “makes it unlawful to treat authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their citizenship status,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general who heads the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.

College officials declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.”

Read the complete article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41626.html#ixzz0yDKd7FMm

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