February 6, 2023

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Justice Department Supplies Methods for Afghans and Ukrainians on Their Employment Rights | OPA

The Justice Office announced today resources to help Afghans and Ukrainians in the United States understand their work legal rights. These methods reveal the place of work protections that Afghan and Ukrainian immigrants have less than the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits employment discrimination centered on citizenship, immigration status and national origin. Normally, businesses are not authorized to discriminate versus workers who have authorization to work primarily based on their citizenship or immigration status when choosing, firing or recruiting. Federal regulation also safeguards workers from discrimination based mostly on their national origin.

“Preventing illegal discrimination features earning certain that workers know their rights,” mentioned Assistant Legal professional General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Legal rights Division. “The Civil Legal rights Division is all set to help Afghans and Ukrainians in the United States, and will use all available tools to guarantee they are not unlawfully discriminated from in the workplace.”

Afghans and Ukrainians in the U.S. may possibly have a wide variety of immigration statuses. Some have arrived through Operation Allies Welcome and Uniting for Ukraine. These point sheets include things like details for asylees, refugees, lawful long lasting inhabitants, individuals with Temporary Safeguarded Status and those granted parole under Operation Allies Welcome or Uniting for Ukraine. As described in these sources, the INA also protects personnel from discrimination when an employer is examining their authorization to do the job, usually referred to as the employment eligibility verification system. The fact sheets offer illustrations of documentation that these personnel may well exhibit in the course of this method and emphasize that workers have the appropriate to choose which legitimate documentation they can demonstrate to exhibit their identification and permission to perform.

Eventually, the point sheets give facts on how Afghans and Ukrainians in the United States can get assist with a get the job done-associated concern by the employee hotline operated by the division’s Immigrant and Worker Legal rights Part (IER). This employee hotline is no cost and is readily available to all personnel who have concerns about discrimination in the place of work primarily based on their citizenship, immigration position or national origin.

Learn extra about IER’s function and how to get help by way of this brief video. Applicants or workers who believe that they have been discriminated against primarily based on their citizenship, immigration position or national origin in selecting, firing, recruitment or through the employment eligibility verification process (Variety I-9 and E-Verify), or subjected to retaliation, may file a demand. The public also can get hold of IER’s worker hotline at 1-800-255-7688 call IER’s employer hotline at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515, TTY for hearing impaired) email [email protected] sign up for a free webinar or take a look at IER’s English and Spanish websites. Subscribe to GovDelivery to receive updates from IER. 

Translations of this press launch and the fact sheets are forthcoming.