The Trump administration is suing Facebook over alleged discrimination against U.S. workers by reserving jobs for and hiring foreigners for high-paying positions.
The lawsuit which was filed on Thursday by the Justice Department, accuses Facebook of not properly advertising at least 2,600 jobs and did not consider applications from U.S. citizens before it offered the jobs to H-1B visa holders that the company sponsored for permanent residency, usually known as a green card.
In a statement, Facebook spokesman, Andy Stone said, “Facebook has been cooperating with the DOJ in its review of the issue and while we dispute the allegations in the complaint, we cannot comment further on pending litigation”.
The complaints follow a two-year investigation by the DOJ. The Trump administration seeks civil penalties against Facebook as well as back pay for what the DOJ says is owed to U.S. workers who were denied employment at Facebook.
In a press release, the Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the DOJ’s Civil Right Division made a statement, “Our message to workers is clear: If companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers – including those in the technology sector – is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers”.