The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on June 20, 2024, that it secured a settlement agreement with eTeam Inc., an online staffing agency that provides services to companies in the United States and worldwide. The agreement resolves DOJ’s determination that eTeam discriminated against non-U.S. citizens with permission to work in the United States by excluding them from job opportunities based on their citizenship or immigration status.

An investigation by the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division found that “during various months in 2021, eTeam regularly distributed job advertisements that contained unlawful hiring restrictions based on citizenship status or otherwise screened out candidates based on their citizenship status. These actions harmed lawful permanent residents and individuals granted asylum or refugee status by deterring them from applying to the job advertisements and failing to meaningfully consider those who did apply,” DOJ said.

Under the terms of the settlement, eTeam will pay $232,500 in civil penalties and set aside $325,000 to compensate affected workers. The agreement also requires eTeam to train its personnel on immigration requirements, revise its employment policies, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements, DOJ said.