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The Department of Justice this week reached a settlement with a New Jersey computer programming services company that advertised that it had a preference for H-1B information technologists.

The H-1B program brings in thousands of foreigners each year, mainly for tech jobs. Companies using H-1B heavily say there is a shortage of American engineers. But U.S. engineers say it isn't so, and that companies use the H-1B program as a vehicle for lowering salaries for all tech workers.

The New Jersey company paid $6,400 in civil penalties and more than $7,000 to two U.S. citizens who were qualified to take the positions.

The group Bright Future Jobs, which monitors H-1B discrimination, said the sum was small and only affected one company, but it was a step in the right direction.

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