UPDATE: DOJ Settles Complaint That NJ Company Excluded U.S. Job Applicants

May 31, 2012


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JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, his family, and David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, prepare to lay a white roses on wreckage pulled from Ground Zero during the memorial dedication to the Empty Sky Memorial at Liberty State Park on September 10, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Empty Sky Memorial consists of two 30 foot tall concrete and steel structures, inscribed with the 746 names of victims who lived in New Jersey and were killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

This is an UPDATE of a "Street Sweeper" article that appeared on May 23, 2012.









If you visit the "About Us" page of Whiz International LLC  of Jersey City, NJ, this is what you learn:

Whiz-International provides IT Staffing Services, IT Consulting Services, Software Development, Web Services and SEO Services to a wide range of clients, including small, mid-size and large corporations throughout the globe. We are dedicated to delivering superior quality services and to creating cost-effective, complete business solutions for our clients. Whether you need people or technology, whiz-international can help you reach your goals no matter in which part of the globe you are with deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, whiz-international can mobilize the right people, skills, and technologies to help clients improve their performance.

We have extensive relationships with the world's leading companies, governments and work with organizations of all sizes. Using our industry and business-process knowledge, our service offering expertise and our insight into and access to existing and emerging technologies, we identify new business and technology trends and formulate and implement solutions for clients under demanding time constraints. Our consulting and IT solutions have resulted in technology-intensive transformations that have met the most stringent of international quality standards.

Sounds pretty impressive.  An American consulting firm based in Jersey City, NJ,  servicing the technology needs of international clients. Just the kind of business that should be employing U.S. citizens and helping to bring us out of the recession. Even better, Jersey City is just across the river from Ground Zero- what better place to plant the seeds of our economic recovery?

But, you know, these days, "impressive" only gets you so far. There's form and then there's substance.

And then there's a page on the United States Department of Justice's website that informs us thaton May 22, 2012, DOJ file a lawsuit against Whiz International LLC, alleging that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act  when it terminated an employee in retaliation for expressing opposition to Whiz's alleged preference for foreign nationals with temporary work visas.  The Complaint seeks civil damages, a court order prohibiting future discrimination, and monetary damages to the employee. According to the litigation press release:

The complaint alleges that the company directed an employee that served as a receptionist and a recruiter, to prefer certain noncitizens in its recruitment efforts and then terminated the employee when she expressed discomfort with excluding U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from consideration. The anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who oppose a practice that is illegal under the statute or who attempt to assert rights under the statute.

NOTE: A Complaint merely contains allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

UPDATE

On May 30, 2012, DOJ settled its lawsuit against Whiz International LLC pursuant to the company's agreement to pay $21,780 in monetary relief to the injured party, which included backpay and front pay, along with a $1,000 civil penalty. The company has also agreed to be subject to three years of DOJ monitoring and reporting .