San Diego-area McDonald’s franchisee settles with DOJ over discrimination allegations

A McDonald’s franchisee operating four restaurants in the San Diego area has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice resolving allegations that the franchisee’s company discriminated against non-US citizens by asking for their documents to work in the United States, it was announced on Tuesday.

According to a DOJ statement, Sutherland Management Company refused to accept documents from a person proving he had permission to work in the United States. The company demanded that he present a different document and did not allow him to work until he presented it, the Justice Department said. .

“Under federal law, employers cannot discriminate by asking workers for more documents than necessary, or specific documents, to prove their authorization to work because of their citizenship status, immigration or national origin,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division.

“Employees have the right, whether they are U.S. citizens or not, to choose the valid and acceptable documents they wish to present to prove their authorization to work.”

Further investigation into the allegations against Sutherland “uncovered that the company routinely discriminated against non-U.S. citizens, primarily lawful permanent residents, by requiring them to present specific documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security to prove their authorization to work in the United States,” the DOJ said.

As part of the settlement, the company agreed to pay $40,000 in civil penalties, pay back wages to the worker who complained, review and revise its employment policies, and train its employees. responsible for verifying workers’ authorization to work in the United States.

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