The social network was accused of…

The social network was accused of favoring H-1B visa workers over US workers for high-paying jobs….

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Facebook has agreed to pay a $4.75 million penalty and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims to settle a lawsuit from the Department of Justice that accused the social media giant of discriminating against US workers in favor of immigrant workers with temporary work visas for high-paying jobs.

Facebook “routinely refused” to recruit, consider or hire US workers, alleged the department’s civil rights division. As part of the settlement, Facebook has also agreed to train employees on anti-discrimination rules and “conduct more expansive advertising and recruitment” for jobs in its permanent labor certification program, said the Justice Department on Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in December 2020 amid the Trump administration’s increased scrutiny of a temporary work visa, known as the H-1B visa, used by tech companies to hire highly skilled immigrant workers. The suit accused Facebook of illegally setting aside thousands of high-paying positions for temporary visa holders as the company applied to sponsor the workers for permanent residency.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

More to come. 

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