The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on March 4, 2020, that El Expreso Bus Company, based in Houston, Texas, paid more than $90,000 to eight U.S. workers pursuant to a May 29, 2019, settlement agreement.

The settlement resolved DOJ’s claims that El Expreso discriminated against U.S. workers due to a hiring preference for temporary visa workers. DOJ said the settlement is part of the agency’s Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, “which targets, investigates, and brings enforcement actions against companies that discriminate against U.S. workers because they prefer to hire foreign visa workers.” Since the Initiative’s inception, employers have agreed to pay or have distributed a combined total of more than $1.1 million to U.S. workers and civil penalties to the United States, DOJ said.

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