Employment discrimination

Upholding Fair Employment Practices: The Case of Infinity Employment Solutions

In a significant settlement that underscores the importance of fair employment practices, Infinity Employment Solutions, a Texas-based staffing company, recently resolved allegations of discrimination against a lawful permanent resident. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) highlighted this case as a stark reminder of the legal obligations employers have when verifying employment eligibility.

The controversy began when Infinity Employment Solutions insisted that a prospective employee, despite presenting a valid driver's license and Social Security card, show his green card as proof of his ability to work in the U.S. This requirement led to a violation of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows employees to present any valid documentation from a list of acceptable proofs of work authorization.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division emphasized that it is unlawful discrimination for employers to reject valid documents showing permission to work based on the worker's citizenship status. This principle aims to prevent biases that might arise from presumptions about a person's right to work based on their nationality or immigration status.

The case against Infinity Employment Solutions was initiated by the DOJ's Immigrant and Employee Rights Section in June 2021, after which it was determined that there was reasonable cause to believe the company had discriminated against the worker. As part of the settlement, Infinity agreed to pay $2,080 in back pay plus interest to the aggrieved worker, alongside civil penalties to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Additionally, the company will be under monitoring to ensure compliance with the settlement terms.

Interestingly, the settlement reveals that Infinity Employment Solutions, which previously operated under the name Express Employment Professionals, is no longer in business. This detail highlights the potential repercussions businesses can face when they fail to adhere to federal employment laws—repercussions that can extend beyond financial penalties to include significant impacts on the business’s operations and reputation.

This case serves as a critical lesson for employers nationwide about the importance of understanding and complying with employment eligibility verification requirements. It stresses the necessity of training HR personnel to handle verification processes legally and ethically. For immigrants working in the U.S., this case also reaffirms their rights to fair treatment under the law, ensuring that they are judged based on their qualifications and legally accepted documents, rather than their national origin or immigration status.

For companies, especially those involved in hiring and staffing, this case is a wake-up call to review and update their employment verification processes. Employers must ensure that their practices are in full compliance with the law, not only to avoid legal pitfalls but also to foster an inclusive and fair work environment.

As an experienced immigration law firm, we understand the complexities surrounding employment and immigration laws. We are committed to assisting businesses in navigating these intricate legal landscapes, ensuring that their practices comply with both federal and state regulations, thereby protecting the rights of all workers, irrespective of their citizenship status.

This case is a poignant reminder of the ongoing challenges and complexities in immigration law enforcement and the need for vigilant legal oversight and robust advocacy to protect individual rights within the workforce.


Rae Ann Varona, "Texas Staffing Co. Settles Noncitizen Bias Claims," Law360, April 11, 2024.

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