The Justice Department said Facebook differentiated U.S. workers in a new lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, he unfairly favored the hiring of foreign workers.

The lawsuit argues that Facebook refused to recruit or hire skilled U.S. workers for more than 2,600 roles in the company and instead selected temporary visa holders who sponsored the green cards.

According to the DOJ, Facebook reportedly had an average salary of about $ 156,000 for U.S. workers.

“The Justice Department’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook committed intentional and widespread violations by allocating seats to temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and skilled U.S. workers,” said Eric S. Dreiband, DOJ Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Law Division. said in a statement.

Dreiband added that the lawsuit follows an almost two-year investigation into Facebook’s recruitment and recruitment practices.

“Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Ministry of Justice will hold them accountable,” Dreiband said. “Our message to all employers, including those working in the technology sector, is clear: we cannot illegally favor the hiring, consideration, or employment of temporary visa holders over U.S. workers.”

Facebook said it was working with the Department of Justice, but was unable to comment further.

“Facebook has cooperated with the DOJ in reviewing this issue, and although we dispute the allegations in the complaint, we are unable to comment further on the ongoing lawsuits,” the company said in a statement to ABC News in an email.

The lawsuit argues that between January 1, 2018 and at least September 18, 2019, Facebook regularly favored temporary visa holders over the PERM process, a process of the Department of Labor that allows employers to offer permanent positions. temporary visa for permanent residents. However, the PERM process requires the employer to prove that there are no trained and available U.S. workers, according to the DOJ.

Instead of looking for U.S. workers available for permanent jobs, the DOJ said it maintained positions for temporary visa holders because of Facebook’s immigration status.

According to the complaint, Facebook did not advertise these jobs on its regular recruiting website, only asked applicants by physical mail, and refused to consider U.S. citizens who applied for the position. According to the agency, recruitment to these positions was contrary to Facebook’s usual recruitment process.

The lawsuit is demanding civil sanctions, refunds on behalf of U.S. workers who refused to work on Facebook, and other reliefs to prevent the same form in the future.