By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law



The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has reached a settlement with Bel USA LLC, an online distributor and retailer of customized promotional products located in Miami, Florida. The settlement resolves claims that Bel USA discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring them to provide specific and unnecessary immigration documents when verifying their work authorization, because of their citizenship or immigration status.
Based on its investigation, the IER concluded Bel USA routinely requested unnecessary and specific documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documents, from work-authorized non-U.S. citizens with the right to work in the U.S. to establish their employment authorization. Federal law allows all work-authorized individuals, regardless of citizenship status, to choose which valid, legally acceptable documents to present to demonstrate their ability to work in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from requesting more or different documents than necessary to prove work authorization based on employees’ citizenship, immigration status or national origin.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Bel USA will pay a civil penalty of $100,000, train its employees about the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, post an English and Spanish version of IER’s “If You Have The Right to Work” poster, post a copy of the Form I-9 Lists of Acceptable Documents for employees to read, review and if necessary revise or create any existing employment policies that relate to nondiscrimination in hiring, employment eligibility verification and reverification, including completion of the Form I-9, and be subject to reporting and monitoring requirements for three years.

If you want to know more about issues of immigration status discrimination, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with G

The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has reached a settlement with Bel USA LLC, an online distributor and retailer of customized promotional products located in Miami, Florida. The settlement resolves claims that Bel USA discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring them to provide specific and unnecessary immigration documents when verifying their work authorization, because of their citizenship or immigration status.

ent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documents, from work-authorized non-U.S. citizens with the right to work in the U.S. to establish their employment authorization. Federal law allows all work-authorized individuals, regardless of citizenship status, to choose which valid, legally acceptable documents to present to demonstrate their ability to work in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from requesting more or different documents than necessary to prove work authorization based on employees’ citizenship, immigration status or national origin.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Bel USA will pay a civil penalty of $100,000, train its employees about the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, post an English and Spanish version of IER’s “If You Have The Right to Work” poster, post a copy of the Form I-9 Lists of Acceptable Documents for employees to read, review and if necessary revise or create any existing employment policies that relate to nondiscrimination in hiring, employment eligibility verification and reverification, including completion of the Form I-9, and be subject to reporting and monitoring requirements for three years.

If you want to know more about issues of immigration status discrimination, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with G