US Justice Department files lawsuit against Facebook for giving jobs to H-1B visa holders only

Facebook had refused to recruit, and hire qualified and potential US workers for more than 2,600 posts

The justice department of the US has now accused social networking giant Facebook of discriminating against the US workers, states Reuters. The lawsuit filed against Facebook pointed out hiring preferences to temporary workers including those holding H-1B visas. The H-1B visas under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H) permits US employers to offer job temporarily to foreign workers.

In the lawsuit, it was also highlighted by the Justice department that Facebook had refused to recruit, and hire qualified and potential US workers for more than 2,600 posts and also paid an average annual remuneration of $156,000.

In the lawsuit, the department also added that Facebook deliberately filled the vacancies with temporary or H-1B visa holders. Apart from this, the company also wanted to sponsor green cards to these temporary visa holders.

In an interaction with the Reuters, the official of the Justice Department said, “Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs.”

Company spokesman Daniel Roberts said: “Facebook has been cooperating with the DOJ in its review of this issue and while we dispute the allegations in the complaint, we cannot comment further on pending litigation.”

Previously, US President Donald Trump passed a new presidential proclamation that temporarily disallowed foreign workers holding H-1B visas, which is an attempt to open up 525,000 jobs for the US people.

Among the top 30 H-1B employers are major U.S. firms including Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Alphabet’s Google, Apple, and Facebook, as per Economic Policy Institute report in May.

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