On October 20, 2015, three Nevada cab companies settled discrimination charges brought by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. The charges alleged that the companies, which operated together under the name Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company, discriminated against foreign nationals with U.S. work authorization because of their citizenship status.
According to the Office of Special Counsel, Yellow Checker Star required non-U.S. citizens, but not similarly-situated U.S. citizens, to present additional documentation to prove employment eligibility. Federal law contains an anti-discrimination provision which punishes employers who require more or different documentation from employees who are work-authorized than U.S. citizen employees at the time of hire because of their citizenship status or national origin.
Yellow Checker Star settled with the Department by agreeing to pay $445,000 in civil penalties, and agreeing to take additional steps reflecting the company’s commitment to comply with the anti-discrimination provisions in the future, such as placing print advertisements in a monthly trade publication for six months, advising employees of the anti-discrimination provision in questions, undergo monitoring for 3 years, and train its employees on this provision of the law.