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US sues Facebook for 'illegally' favoring immigrant jobseekers

Justice Department lawsuit claims jobs were reserved for H-1B visa holders

Facebook denies discriminating against U.S. workers in its hiring process. (Photo by Takuya Imai) 

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly discriminating against American jobseekers by favoring temporary work visa holders in its hiring process.

The lawsuit claims that Facebook -- one of the largest employers of Asian tech workers in Silicon Valley -- "refused to recruit, consider, or hire qualified and available U.S. workers" for over 2,600 positions offered between 2018 and 2019. The positions were instead "reserved for temporary visa holders," such as H-1B work visa holders, the Justice Department alleged. The average salary for those jobs was around $156,000.

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