Feds check crane fleet’s selective I-9, E-Verify protocol

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice; CP staff

In a suit filed with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department alleges a Eunice, La.-based crane operator violated the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision by creating hurdles for immigrants during the employment eligibility verification process because of their citizenship status.

From at least January–September 2013, the complaint states, Louisiana Crane Co., LLC required employees who it believed to be non-U.S. citizens to present specific documentation for the Form I-9 and/or E-Verify, but allowed individuals it believed to be U.S. citizens the flexibility to present a variety of documents.

“The law protects people who have permission to work from facing discriminatory obstacles during employment eligibility verification,” says Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “It is important that all people who have permission to work in the United States face an equal playing field when proving their work authorization.”