Tag: DOJ


New Mexico Onion Farm Pays Fines for Favoring Foreign Hires

Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm.


5th Circuit Assures Employer That Some Good Deeds Do Go Unpunished

Although disability-based harassment/hostile work environment claims have been recognized by the courts for a while, they aren’t very common. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—recently rejected an employee’s claim of disability-based harassment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding her employer’s good-faith efforts to engage in […]


HR Pros Can Be Criminally Liable in Antitrust Cases, Feds Say

Two federal agencies have announced that going forward, they intend to pursue criminal charges against individuals involved in illegal anticompetitive activity. And HR professionals “often are in the best position” to ensure compliance, the organizations said in a new guidance.


Back Up to Speed Must Mean Back On the Job in California

by Denise Trani-Morris Just as in any other job, California state employees can be incapacitated in this line of duty and can receive certain special disability retirement benefits. However, once deemed no longer incapacitated, the employee must be reinstated. This was reaffirmed by a recent appeals case.


EEOC Moving Forward with Plans to Collect Compensation Data

In his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama pressed Congress to “pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work.” Although the president’s plea for the passage of stronger pay discrimination laws is unlikely to sway the Republican-controlled House and Senate, the […]


Roofer Falls Down in Pulling Off Workers’ Comp Premium Ruse

The owner of a Missoula, Montana, roofing business faced a large fine and a felony charge for employer misconduct for trying to sweep the truth past the Montana State Fund to keep from paying higher workers’ comp premiums. Despite having over 300 roofing permits and purchasing over $1 million in roofing supplies, the roofer classified […]


Payroll Taxes Went Up in Smoke

Smoking is a nasty habit, especially when it results in a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and a $67,000 penalty from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)! The owner of a New York City construction company and several related companies recently pleaded guilty of willfully failing to pay payroll taxes. Prosecutors for the IRS and the […]


EEOC Says FBI Must Reconsider Special Agent With Vision Impairment

The U.S. Department of Justice discriminated against an individual with a disability in its hiring process, in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found. EEOC determined that DOJ ran afoul of the law, which prohibits disability discrimination by entities receiving federal funds, when it rescinded a conditional […]