Today, the Justice Department announced the launch of two short educational videos, created by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC). The office enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which requires employers to treat all authorized workers fairly in regards to hiring, firing and recruitment or referral for a fee, as well as in the employment eligibility verification process, regardless of their citizenship status or national origin.
The first video, “Refugee Reverification,” highlights a common problem faced by refugees and asylees. When Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) expire, the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 allows workers to provide any acceptable document to establish their authorization to work – not limited to a new EAD. However, some employers may demand a new EAD or additional documents from these workers and may violate the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.
The second video encourages employers, employees and advocates to attend a free webinar and learn how to avoid and prevent unfair employment practices related to immigration.
The Department of Justice is committed to protecting employees from discrimination and is working hard to educate both employers and employees of their employment rights.
For more information about protections against employment discrimination under the immigration law, call OSC’s worker hotline at: 1-800-255-7688 (1-800-237-2525, TDD for the hearing impaired) or OSC’s employer hotline at: 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-362-2735, TDD for the hearing impaired).