On the same day that the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation, Macy’s agreed to pay a $175,000 civil fine to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice probe regarding its treatment of immigrant workers.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Macy’s allegedly engaged in unfair documentary practices against some immigrant employees, which is in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA prohibits employers from demanding more or different documents, or changing documentation rules, based on people’s immigration status or national origin. In addition to the fine, Macy’s has agreed to set up a $100,000 fund to compensate these workers, and to improve training and revise its employment eligibility reverification policies regarding the legal status of workers.
For more information, visit http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-crt-724.html.