Recently, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Farmland Foods, claiming the company discriminated against non-American citizens during its hiring process.
The lawsuit claims the Kansas City-based company, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, required any foreign new hires to present multiple forms of work authorization documents.
The Justice Department feels the company acted in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which requires all employers to treat their authorized workers in the same manner during their hiring process.
"Employers may not treat authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their citizenship status," said Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division. "Federal law prohibits discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process, and the Justice Department is committed to enforcing the law."
The case highlights the importance of understanding and practicing legal business processes in all aspects and departments. Furthermore, having business insurance is helpful in cases such as this, as it can help cover legal costs.