The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Selective Personnel Inc. (SPI), a California staffing agency. The agreement resolves the DOJ’s determination that SPI’s predecessor business entity, South Bay Safety (SBS), violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by regularly discriminating against non-U.S. citizens when checking their permission to work in the United States.

After investigating, the Civil Rights Division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) concluded that between September 2020 and October 2022, SBS required non-U.S. citizens to present specific types of documentation reflecting their immigration status to prove their permission to work. In contrast, U.S. citizens could present any acceptable document of their choosing. IER concluded that SPI was a successor in interest to SBS and liable for the violations that IER found.

Under the settlement, SPI will pay civil penalties to the United States, train its employees on the INA’s requirements, revise its employment policies, and be subject to departmental monitoring.