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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: 4, Informative) by gnuman on Sunday November 19 2023, @07:24PM (6 children)

    by gnuman (5013) on Sunday November 19 2023, @07:24PM (#1333534)

    No. You don't seem to "get it". Let me spell it out.

    H1B can be hired at similar wage but because they are H1B, they CANNOT easily go to another place. It's akin of ***indentured servitude*** style worker but their debt is the visa. H1Bs can be threatened with getting fired - something that another will probably care much less about.

    So it has fuck all to do with "Muricans bad". It has everything to do with reducing turnover and holding a potential sword of Damocles over the workers' visas. It's similar reason why slaughter house workers were undocumented immigrants, but then US and companies colluded to only deport a few at a time -- you know, to keep the others in check, reduce wages, etc. H1B is less about wages and more about reducing turnover.

    Instead of latching on the BS like "Muricans bad", maybe vote for easier green cards and remove H1Bs? Of course, you could alternatively vote to "screw Murica" and just keep immigrants out. The rest of the world doesn't need brain drain ;) Well, or Canada could have those workers instead.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Sunday November 19 2023, @10:15PM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 19 2023, @10:15PM (#1333550) Journal

    I've never said "keep immigrants out". I have insisted over and over that immigration needs to be CONTROLLED, and that policies need to give preferential treatment to current citizens, and to LEGEL immigrants. Build the wall, set quotas, and just shoot border jumpers. Uncontrolled waves of illegal aliens benefit no one, not even the illegal aliens who go into debt (of a sorts) to the cartels that bring them here. The bodies found every year along the border support my claim that not even the illegals benefit much.

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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by khallow on Monday November 20 2023, @04:37AM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 20 2023, @04:37AM (#1333575) Journal
      US immigration isn't uncontrolled. That isn't the problem. H1-B is a great heavily controlled system, for example, as is the rest of the immigration system. I'll note for example, that if immigration were truly uncontrolled, one wouldn't need a cartel to smuggle oneself into the country. Just buy an airline ticket.

      And the US thrived for most of its existence on genuinely uncontrolled immigration. What changed is that once someone created an elaborate system of public goods and services - starting after the First World War, then they created enormous incentive for immigration (and the perception of mooching of said stuff). That in turn spurred the present system of heavily controlled immigration.

      and just shoot border jumpers

      There is no problem here that warrants shooting people who just want to better their lives.

      My view is issue a bunch of green cards each year for those who want to stay indefinitely (no conditions like travel or work restrictions); a reasonable process for temporary visas for tourists, students, and other visitors; and have a sensible naturalization process. No need for any other sort of visa. And if too many green cards are issued by some metric that makes sense, then issue less in future years until the metric improves.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Thexalon on Monday November 20 2023, @12:30PM

      by Thexalon (636) on Monday November 20 2023, @12:30PM (#1333596)

      Uncontrolled waves of illegal aliens benefit no one

      On the contrary, it clearly benefits some people, because otherwise it wouldn't be happening. People who are probably benefiting from illegal immigration include but are not limited to:
      - The management and owners of hotels, meatpackers, construction contractors, vegetable farms, restaurants, and agricultural distributors. It's not just the often-sub-minimum wages, it's also being able to force people to work under atrocious and sometimes deadly conditions and they can't say anything about it for fear of deportation.
      - "Coyotes" who make a good living smuggling people across the borders.
      - Slumlords who like having a population of people who desperately need housing and can't complain about the conditions for fear of deportation.
      - Manufacturers of equipment used by INS and CPB.
      - The Catholic Church in the USA, because without the influx of often-devout Latinos they'd be losing membership even faster.
      - Bigots who want to discriminate against Hispanic US citizens and will basically treat the concept of a Hispanic or Latino citizen as non-existent.
      - Yes, the immigrants themselves. Because while coming to the US does present a significant risk of death, staying where they are often also presents a significant risk of death. And sure, in the US they will find themselves doing the worst jobs imaginable at atrocious pay with the constant threat of government violence being directed at them ... just like they do in the old country. Oh, and any kids they have here will be US citizens and have a much better life than they would have had mom & dad stayed in the old country.

      There are some things we could do to stem the tide, but they don't involve taking actions against the illegal immigrants themselves: Getting companies into trouble for routinely violating I-9 requirements would be a big one.

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  • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Monday November 20 2023, @07:07PM

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday November 20 2023, @07:07PM (#1333645) Journal

    H1B can be hired at similar wage but because they are H1B, they CANNOT easily go to another place. It's akin of ***indentured servitude*** style worker but their debt is the visa.

    Actually, they can easily go to another place. I did this myself when on an H1B visa.

    The lock-in that does exist is in two forms:
    1. Requirement to pay back moving costs if the H1B employee moves.
    2. A Green Card (permanent resident visa) application may have to be re-started if the employee moves employer, although I think there is some flexibility now to continue a Green Card application with a new employer, once the application has reached a certain stage in the process.