By Kanishka Singh
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it reached a settlement with memory chipmaker Micron Technology Inc to resolve an allegation of immigration-related employment discrimination.
“The settlement resolves the department’s determination that Micron violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against a U.S. citizen when it failed to hire him for a position and instead hired a temporary visa worker,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
The investigation began when a U.S. citizen worker complained that Micron unfairly denied him employment because of his citizenship status.
The Justice Department said it determined that Micron unlawfully preferred a temporary visa worker for the position, failing to meaningfully consider the U.S. citizen’s qualifications.
The company confirmed the settlement but denied the allegations in an emailed statement on Thursday and said it was committed to following applicable laws.
Micron will pay a civil penalty to the U.S. and offer back pay totaling $85,000 to the affected worker, according to the settlement details. The amount of the civil penalty was not specified in the Justice Department statement.
Micron will also need to train its staff on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, change its policies and procedures and be subject to departmental monitoring for a two-year period, according to the settlement.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Aurora Ellis and Josie Kao)