The Trump administration on Thursday sued Facebook, accusing it of discriminating against American workers by favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs.
The Department of Justice’s lawsuit opens a new front in the administration’s push against tech companies — and in its clampdown on immigration — as President Donald Trump enters his final weeks in office.
The suit concerns more than 2,600 positions with an average salary of some $156,000, offered from January 2018 to September 2019.
“Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified US workers,” assistant attorney general Eric Dreiband, of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in a statement outlining the department’s allegations.
The internet giant reserved positions for candidates with H1-B “skilled worker” visas or other temporary work visas, the department said.
Facebook “channeled” jobs to visa holders