We often discuss the challenges that arise when it comes to hiring workers from outside the U.S. There are applications to file, eligibility requirements to meet and a whole host of tasks that stand between a worker outside the U.S. and a job.
However, even after workers have been approved to come and work in the U.S., they can still face considerable legal problems. They can violate the terms of their visa and face removal proceedings, lose their job or face discrimination on the job. This last issue is one that workers at McDonald's faced recently and one that lawful permanent residents working across Florida may be dealing with as well.
Lawful permanent residents have rights on the job that must be protected. Federal laws prohibit discrimination against workers based on immigration or citizenship status. McDonald's reportedly failed to comply with discrimination laws when it asked for additional immigration documentation from lawful permanent resident workers at its restaurants.
According to sources, McDonald's fired or kept employees from working if they could not show a new permanent resident card when the original card expired. This was discriminatory because the company did not request the same additional documentation from other workers. The company agreed to compensate workers who were unfairly fired or denied pay as a result of the discriminatory practice and will pay $335,000 in penalties.
Discrimination is something that too many employees face. While U.S. citizens may understand that they are protected by laws from certain unfair practices, immigrant workers may not. If you feel you are being treated unfairly as a result of your immigration status, you can speak with an attorney to learn about your rights and how you can protect yourself from the consequences of discrimination.
Source: Consumerist, "McDonald's Will Pay $355K To Settle Claims That It Discriminated Against Immigrant Workers," Mary Beth Quirk, Nov. 20, 2015