WASHINGTON – Facebook on Tuesday agreed to pay up to $ 14.25 million to settle claims by the federal government in the waning days of the Trump administration that the company discriminated against American workers.
the The Justice Department sued the company in Decemberon the grounds that Facebook has declined to “recruit, consider, or hire” skilled Americans for more than 2,000 positions. Instead, prosecutors accused the company of giving these jobs to foreign workers with work visas.
The Justice Department agreement included payments of $ 4.75 million to the government and up to $ 9.5 million to “legitimate victims of alleged discrimination against Facebook,” according to a press release. The company also separately resolved Labor Department concerns this year about whether it has violated labor regulations.
A Facebook spokesman, Andy Stone, said the company believed it met state standards, but the comparisons allowed the company to move forward.
“These resolutions will allow us to continue to focus on recruiting the best construction workers from the US and around the world and supporting our internal community of highly skilled visa holders seeking permanent residence,” he said in a statement.
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