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Wilton Health Care Firm Pays $100K in Discrimination Case

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton-based health-care staffing company Onward Healthcare agreed to a settlement with the Justice Department to resolve a case on discriminatory job advertisements on its homepage.

The company has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and change its internal policies and manuals to reflect the Immigration and Nationality Act protections.

According to an investigation by the Justice Department, “over a one-year period, thousands of Onward Healthcare’s job postings impermissibly limited applications to U.S. citizens, even though work-authorized immigrants, such as lawful permanent residents, asylees and refugees, should have been allowed to apply as well.”

The company had no legal basis to limit the applications based on citizenship.

“Federal law protects people who are authorized to work in the United States from facing discriminatory barriers when they are seeking employment,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement. “Employers should ensure that their online job postings do not violate the anti-discrimination provision of Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Onward Healthcare’s counsel did not return a request for comment.

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