The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on May 15, 2024, that it secured a settlement agreement with Maxim Healthcare Services (Maxim), a home healthcare company based in Columbia, Maryland, with operations in 35 states. The agreement resolves DOJ’s determination “that Maxim violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) at its Gardena, California, office by discriminating against a non-U.S. citizen worker when it rejected her valid document showing her permission to work and requiring lawful permanent residents working for the company to prove their continued permission to work even though it was unnecessary.”

Specifically, DOJ determined that the company rejected the worker’s employment authorization document (EAD) “because the last name on it was different from the last name on her driver’s license and Social Security card, even though the company accepted documents from U.S. citizens under similar circumstances and believed that the EAD reasonably appeared to be genuine and to relate to the worker,” DOJ said. The investigation also determined that Maxim routinely required lawful permanent residents to present unnecessary documentation when their Permanent Resident Cards expired.

Under the settlement, Maxim will pay a civil penalty of $7,488 to the United States and $1,750 in lost wages to the affected worker, train its employees on the INA’s anti-discrimination requirements, revise its employment policies and processes, and be subject to monitoring by DOJ.

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