This Tuesday (19), the government of United States announced an extrajudicial agreement with Facebook in which the company will have to pay up to US$14,25 million (R$78 million) for having discriminated against candidates Americans during the selection processes.

According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, Facebook refused to hire US citizens and chose to consider only those vacancies foreigners who needed a visa to work in the country.

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The practice goes against the country's immigration laws, which require that companies who want to hire foreign nationals prove that they were first unable to find any US citizens with the required qualifications for the position.

“Facebook's hiring process intentionally discriminated against American workers based on their citizenship or immigration status, violating the anti-discrimination clause of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” the government explained.

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In addition, the deal includes a fine of US$4,75 million (about R$26 million for the current conversion) to be paid by Facebook to government and a sum of up to US$9,5 million (R$53 million) to be distributed among individuals considered victims of the company's discrimination, totaling US$14,25 million (R$80 million).

The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division will be responsible for identifying – along with Facebook – who are the Americans who have been victims of the discriminatory practice and who may receive part of the compensation.

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Source: UOL

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