The Justice Department says Nebraska Beef discriminated against illegal alien workers by asking them for proof of citizenship.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices objected to non-U.S. citizens being “targeted” because of their citizenship status, according to Judicial Watch.
Under pressure from the federal government, the company agreed to a $200,000 civil penalty and also to create an uncapped back pay fund to compensate individuals who lost wages because they were unable to prove they are in the county legally, according to the non-partisan educational foundation.
In addition, the business will be subjected to “compliance monitoring” by the government.
Judicial Watch believes it is part of a larger effort by the federal government and the Obama administration to facilitate the entry of illegal aliens in the United States:
This case is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to helps illegal aliens in the U.S. Besides shielding tens of millions from deportation via an executive amnesty order, the president has also expanded the DOJ to help carry out part of this mission. It’s why the agency’s civil rights division has grown immensely under Obama.
The DOJ civil rights division is overseen by a renowned illegal alien advocate, Thomas Perez.
Prior to taking the position at the DOJ, Perez lobbied the Maryland General Assembly against a proposal by Democratic Gov. Parris N. Glendening to make it tougher for immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Perez was a director of CASA of Maryland, an immigrant rights group, at the time.
A report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found last year the Obama administration had allowed businesses to hire undocumented workers and imposed drastically reduced fines and enforcement as mandated by law.
“This inconsistent implementation hinders the government’s mission to prevent or deter employers from violating immigration laws, the DHS watchdog wrote in its report. Now the DOJ is taking it a step further by going after employers that try to ensure their workers are in the U.S. legally,” Judicial Watch reports.