Biden’s Justice Department Stirs Controversy in the American Business Sector

Joe Biden burning down American business

The Department of Justice (DOJ) under Joe Biden’s administration imposed a $700,000 fine on Covenant Transport Inc., a Christian trucking company based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The fine, which also extends to the affiliated Transport Management Services LLC, is the result of a DOJ finding that the companies engaged in discriminatory practices against non-U.S. citizen workers.

According to the DOJ, from January 2020 to August 2022, Covenant Transport and its affiliate demanded specific immigration-related documents from lawful permanent residents and other non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the anti-discrimination clause of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This federal law prohibits employers from requesting particular or additional documents based on an employee’s citizenship, immigration status, or national origin.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division emphasized that employers cannot discriminate against non-U.S. citizens by demanding specific or unnecessary documents from them to prove their permission to work. She stated that the Justice Department is committed to ensuring compliance with federal civil rights laws so that non-U.S. citizens with permission to work can contribute their talents to the workforce.

The investigation found that Covenant and Transport discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by requiring lawful permanent residents to show their Permanent Resident Cards (green cards) and other non-U.S. citizens to present documents related to their immigration status. Federal law allows all workers to choose which valid, legally acceptable documentation to present to demonstrate their identity and permission to work, regardless of citizenship status, immigration status, or national origin.

Under the terms of the agreement, Covenant and Transport will pay $700,000 in civil penalties, train their employees on the INA’s anti-discrimination requirements, revise their employment policies, and be subject to monitoring by the department.

However, this decision has been met with criticism from various quarters. Critics argue that the DOJ’s action penalizes a company for attempting to ensure its workforce complies with legal standards, thus potentially overlooking the legitimate concerns and responsibilities of businesses in regulating their workforce. They view this fine as a punitive measure against a company striving to maintain legal integrity in its employment practices.

The case highlights the complex interplay between federal anti-discrimination laws and the responsibilities of employers in verifying the legal status of their employees. While the DOJ emphasizes the importance of non-discrimination, businesses are also under legal obligation to ensure that their employees are authorized to work in the U.S. This situation underscores the challenges faced by employers in navigating these legal requirements while avoiding discriminatory practices.

Is this a blatant attack on American small businesses?

What are your thoughts? Comment below…

3 Replies to “Biden’s Justice Department Stirs Controversy in the American Business Sector

  1. Damned if you do, and obviously damned if you don’t. If the company was found to have illegal workers, how much would their fine have been? Under this administration, a company can not avoid breaking a law, no matter what they do.

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