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posted by hubie on Sunday November 19 2023, @04:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the money-money-money dept.

Apple illegally discriminated against US citizens and other US residents in its hiring and recruitment practices for certain types of positions that went to foreign workers, the US Department of Justice said yesterday. Apple agreed to pay up to $25 million in back pay and civil penalties to settle the DOJ allegations.

Apple discriminated "against US citizens and certain non-US citizens whose permission to live in and work in the United States does not expire," the agency said. The $25 million payment was called the largest ever collected by the Justice Department under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Apple is required to pay $6.75 million in civil penalties and create an $18.25 million fund to provide back pay to those harmed by its hiring practices. Apple did not admit guilt in the settlement. But the company acknowledged in a statement that it had "unintentionally not been following the DOJ standard," according to Reuters.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Sunday November 19 2023, @06:54PM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 19 2023, @06:54PM (#1333523) Journal

    "Job creators" are not your friends.

    Uhhhmmmm, WTF do you think "job creators" are? Historically, it has NOT been corporations, or even medium to big sized companies. Job creators ARE our friends. Small businesses around the country create jobs, always have, always will. Startups create jobs, not established companies. Corporations such as Apple tend to scoop up the job creators, then eliminate some portion of the productive jobs from the job market. Job creators, or small businesses and startups, are often our friends. Some guy on the other side of town, you've met a few times at a school function, and maybe bumped into while out fishing. They shop where you shop, you meet them in passing frequently, even if you don't know them well.

    TFS and TFA are most certainly not about job creators, and you're away off topic.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by gnuman on Sunday November 19 2023, @07:10PM (1 child)

    by gnuman (5013) on Sunday November 19 2023, @07:10PM (#1333529)

    Here are some stats, from: []

    and some data:

    The largest, stable job creators are the largest firms. That's the data. They also have most secure jobs. The micro-firms, are crap-shoot, always have been. They go bust in downturns. The largest ones keep rolling and it's rare for them to shutdown. And here largest ones are 1000+ employees, which is not actually that large. It's simply a large business.

    The turnover in the micro-sized and small business size is brutal with few exceptions (like doctor offices). Job security is not there and neither are benefits. You may bring your hate on the corps, but that's where the money and job security actually is.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday November 19 2023, @10:10PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 19 2023, @10:10PM (#1333549) Journal

      OK, depends on which line you're looking at. The gross numbers favor the biggest firms. Percentage rates, the smallest businesses beat everyone with 15%, and with every increment in size, the percentage drops. Drop down to the net gains and losses, the biggest firms employment growth is 0.6, and the smallest of businesses are 0.3, with all others beating them.

      I haven't figured out how to access historical data, and it appears that their data only goes back to 2003. Historically, small businesses used to create a lot more jobs than large corporations. It may well be that those dynamics have been changed in recent years - COVID seems to have hurt small businesses more than large. Walmart is well known to have put many small businesses out of business, and Amazon seems to be doing the same.

      You have something with the stability factor, but still, big corporations aren't in business to create jobs. They're in business to exploit whatever resources they are working with - including personnel.

      Some more interesting data here - []

      During economic expansions, the net job creation rate of small firms exceeds that of large firms by a few percentage points. However, during contractions, the rates fall to nearly the same negative level as large firms.

      So, basically, current dynamics say that we are in a contraction - probably better known as a recession. Bidenomics at work, right?

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