The US Department of Justice accuses Facebook of discriminating against American workers
The Justice Department said Facebook had “refused” to hire, study, or hire qualified American workers for more than 2,600 jobs, which in many cases paid an average salary of $ 156,000 annually.
The US Department of Justice accused Facebook on Thursday of discriminating against American workers, saying in a new lawsuit that the social media giant had given employment preferences to temporary workers, including those with H-1B visas.
And the Justice Department said that Facebook deliberately created a recruitment system that deprived American and qualified workers of a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs. But it has sought to transfer jobs to holders of temporary visas that it wants to sponsor in order to obtain a green card or permanent residence.
A spokesman for Facebook (Daniel Roberts) said: Facebook is cooperating with the Ministry of Justice in reviewing this case and we cannot comment further on the pending litigation while we oppose the allegations mentioned in the complaint.
In June, Trump issued a presidential proclamation temporarily banning foreign workers on H-1B visas - an effort the administration at the time said would open 525,000 jobs for American workers.
Among the H-1B's top 30 employers are major US companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Alphabet's Google, Apple and Facebook, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in May.
The EPI report said that most companies using H1B visas take advantage of program rules in order to legally pay these workers wages below the local average wage for the jobs they hold.