US Justice Department accuses Facebook of discriminating against US workers
According to the Department of Justice, the world’s largest social network prefers to hire foreigners with temporary work visas, denying jobs to qualified US applicants.
On Thursday, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc, which owns the world’s largest social network, accusing the tech giant’s management of discriminating against American workers. Facebook, as the lawsuit says, hires foreign employees cheaper for the company’s budget.
The Justice Department accused the company of providing preferential employment to foreign employees working on H-1B visas.
H1-B visas allow US companies to hire foreign workers for “specialized skills.” H1-B opponents say companies, especially tech companies, are using this visa program to hire foreigners for less money..
The Justice Department also said that Facebook “refused” to consider candidates for qualified US citizens applying for more than 2,600 open positions with an average annual salary of $ 156,000..
The lawsuit was filed as a result of a two-year investigation by the Justice Department into employment practices on Facebook, according to the New York Times..
“Our message to job seekers is clear: if companies deny [Americans] employment opportunities by illegally favoring temporary visa holders, the Justice Department will hold them accountable,” said Eric Dreyband, assistant attorney general for civil rights. “Our message to all employers, including those in the technology sector, is [also] unambiguous: You cannot illegally hire or consider temporary visa holders to the detriment of American workers.”.
“Facebook worked with the Justice Department to address this issue,” company spokesman Daniel Roberts told Reuters. “And while we dispute the claims in the lawsuit, we cannot comment on the pending trial.”.
According to the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose personal fortune is estimated at about $ 100 billion, has long advocated for immigrants to work in the tech sector. In 2013, he created the non-profit organization Fwd.US, which lobbies to make it easier for immigrants to recruit high-tech jobs..
The Justice Department case against Facebook is another problem for the largest companies in Silicon Valley, which in recent years has been repeatedly criticized for violations of antitrust laws, actions against competitors, as well as due to the inability of social networks to respect user privacy and posting offensive to some people. content.
News Service; Voices of America