The Department of Justice has reached a settlement agreement with James A. Scott & Son Inc., an insurance agency doing business as Scott Insurance headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Scott Insurance discriminated requested that the person present a specific document to prove his permission to work and rejected the valid document the worker showed.

The justice department also found that the insurance company routinely discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by failing to consider and hire them due to their citizenship status.

The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) protects U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizen nationals, refugees, asylees, and recent lawful permanent residents from hiring discrimination based on their citizenship status.

Under the settlement, Scott Insurance will pay $9,500 in civil penalties to the United States, and up to $70,000 in back pay to affected workers. Scott Insurance will also have to train employees on the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision.

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