by Chris Musillo

The US Department of Justice filed suit against Generations Healthcare, a Skilled Nursing Facility, on Friday September 30, 2011. The lawsuit alleges that Generations Healthcare engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary documentary requirements on job applicants.

The DOJ's press release says that its investigation uncovered evidence that Generations Healthcare required all newly hired non-U.S. citizens and naturalized U.S. citizens at its St. Francis Pavilion facility to present specific and extra work authorization documents beyond those required by federal law to prove their status. These documents were not required of native-born UScitizens.

MU Law clients and friends are reminded that US employers have to comply with the Form I-9 when hiring new employees. The Form I-9 identifies a variety of documents that may be used by job applications to prove valid work authorization and identity; it does not mandate that any specific document must be used.

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