The U.S. Justice Department says it’s reached a settlement with a Louisiana construction company over allegations of employment discrimination against immigrants.
The agreement signed Monday by federal officials calls for Louisiana Crane and Construction LLC in Eunice to pay $165,000 in civil penalties. The company also must establish a $50,000 fund to compensate workers who lost wages because of its practices.
A 2014 lawsuit alleged that the company discriminated against noncitizen job applicants who had permission to work in the United States by requiring them to produce certain Department of Homeland Security documents that they were not required to produce under federal law. The Justice Department said the company allowed applicants it believed to be citizens more flexibility in the production of documents.