Niles company settles hiring discrimination case
Updated: October 1, 2012 3:58PM
The U.S. Justice Department announced that it has reached an agreement with Niles-based MicroLink Devices resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
MicroLink Devices, which manufactures semiconductor structures and advanced solar cells, placed six online job postings “that explicitly stated citizenship status preferences or requirements that excluded certain work-authorized non-citizens from consideration,” according to a press release from the Justice Department.
The settlement involved MicroLink Devices paying $12,000 in civil penalties.
The Niles-based company also agreed to revise its hiring-and-recruiting procedures, conform future job postings to the requirements of the law, and to be subject to training, reporting and compliance and monitoring requirements.
According to the press release the job postings discriminated against non-citizen workers who were eligible for the posted positions, such as lawful permanent residents, refugees and those given asylum in the United States.
An email to MicroLink Devices from Pioneer Press regarding the agreement was not immediately answered.