Mr Trump loudly criticized the temporary workers’ visas. In October, its administration announced new rules for the H1-B program, significantly raising the wages U.S. companies have to pay from foreign rents and narrowing the eligibility criteria for applicants.
The Ministry of Justice has rarely sued technology companies over the issue, although other agencies have accused the companies of racial or gender bias. In 2016, the Ministry of Labor sued the data company Palantir, citing bias against Asians. The Department of Labor has specifically sued Google for disclosing use based on gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
According to his complaint, the Department of Justice found that between January 1 and September 18 last year, Facebook regularly put the H1-B group and other immigrant temporary workers on a career with a nationality that was not available to U.S. citizens. Facebook has also used less effective methods to advertise the work of U.S. workers, including promoting Facebook.com/careers positions, the department said.
The recruitment highlighted by the complaint accounted for only 0.5 percent of Facebook’s 50,000 employees. But the Justice Department said Facebook has violated federal labor laws that require employers to make permanent employment opportunities as easy for U.S. workers as it is for those with foreign visas.
“Facebook’s discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices are routine, ongoing, and widespread,” the complaint states.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made the rights of immigrants to work in the U.S. technology industry a pet issue for years. In 2013, he and several of his friends set up the non-profit group Fwd.us, which called for a recast of immigration laws and stalled to facilitate the immigration process for technical workers.
The issue was a source of friction between Zuckerberg and Trump. In 2015, Fwd.us executives were shocked by Mr. Trump’s immigration proposals that would have restricted H-1B visas to skilled foreign-born employees. They argued that the plan would “radically restrict” roads to the U.S. for immigrant tech workers.