Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Feb. 26
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against UCSD Medical Center
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against UCSD Medical Center for discrimination against employees who are non-U.S. citizens. The lawsuit alleges that the medical center discriminated against the foreign eomployees by requiring them to verify, and sometimes re-verify, their employment eligibility. At the same time, the investigation found that the medical center did not require that U.S. citizens show documentation
By not holding U.S. citizens to the same hiring guidelines, the medical center is said to have violated a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Acts, which prohibits employers from placing added requirements for documentation based on citizenship or national origin.
"All workers who are authorized to work in the United States have the right to work without encountering discrimination because of their immigration status or national origin," said assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, Thomas E. Perez in a statement released by the Justice Department. "We are committed to vigorously protecting authorized workers from discrimination in the hiring process and ensuring that employers uphold their obligations under the law."
The lawsuit asks that UCSD Medical Center stop asking for excessive documentation, and requires that the center pay civil penalties and any damages caused as a result of the unfair employment practices.
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