St. Landry

Aug 29, 2014 7:58 PM

Eunice company accused of discrimination by the Justice Department

A Eunice company has been sued by the Justice Department after being accused of discrimination. According to a news release, government officials say there was a complaint filed against the Louisiana Crane Company LLC.

The Justice Department says the company violated the Immigration and Nationality Act's (INA) anti-discrimination provision by creating hurdles for immigrants during the employment eligibility verification process because of their citizenship status. Specifically, the complaint states that, from at least January 2013 until at least September 2013, Louisiana Crane required employees who it believed to be non-U.S. citizens to present specific documentation for the Form I-9 and/or E-Verify, but allowed believed to be U.S. citizens the flexibility to present a variety of documents. The INA's anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from discriminating against people with permission to work in the United States because of their citizenship status.

"The law protects people who have permission to work from facing discriminatory obstacles during employment eligibility verification," said Molly Moran, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. "It is important that all people who have permission to work in the United States face an equal playing field when proving their work authorization."

We've requested a statement from the company regarding to the suit, but we haven't heard back because it is after-hours. We'll reach out again Tuesday for comment.



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