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 [justice.gov]. 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 [justice.gov]. But the company acknowledged in a statement that it had "unintentionally not been following the DOJ standard," according to Reuters [reuters.com].