IBM settles with US Justice Department over job listings


Sept 30 (Reuters) - IBM has agreed to pay $44,400 incivil penalties to settle allegations that certain of its onlinejob postings preferred foreign workers with temporary work visasover U.S. citizens, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

IBM had placed certain online job postings for applicationand software developers that contained citizenship statuspreferences for F-1 and H-1B temporary visa holders, the JusticeDepartment said in a notification posted on its website late onFriday.

F-1 visas are issued to overseas students studying in theUnited States, while H-1B visas are provided to foreignnationals with technical expertise in specialized fields. ()

The Justice Department said the job ads violated theanti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and NationalityAct (INA), which states employers may not discriminate on thebasis of citizenship status "unless required to comply with law,regulation, executive order or government contract."

As part of the settlement, IBM also agreed to revise itshiring and recruiting procedures and train its human resourcesemployees to ensure compliance with the INA.

IBM could not immediately be reached for comment outsideregular U.S. business hours.

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