The Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement agreement on July 27, 2020, with ASTA CRS Inc., a provider of IT staffing and consulting services with offices in Ashburn, Virginia, and Greenbelt, Maryland. This is the ninth settlement under the Civil Rights Division’s Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, which the DOJ said is “aimed at targeting, investigating, and taking enforcement actions against companies that discriminate against U.S. workers in favor of temporary visa workers.”

The settlement resolves a claim that ASTA’s Maryland office discriminated against U.S. workers because of their citizenship status when it posted a job advertisement specifying a preference for non-U.S. citizens who held temporary work visas. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, ASTA will train its employees on the antidiscrimination requirements, change its policies and procedures to comply with the law, and be subject to two years of monitoring requirements, including providing regular reports to the DOJ.

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