WASHINGTON — Facebook agreed on Tuesday to pay up to $14.25 million to settle claims brought by the federal government that the company had discriminated against American workers.
The Justice Department sued the company in December, arguing that Facebook had declined to “recruit, consider or hire” qualified Americans for more than 2,000 positions. Instead, prosecutors accused the company of giving those jobs to foreign workers who held work visas. The company also separately settled concerns raised by the Labor Department over whether it violated labor regulations.
The agreement with the Justice Department included payments of $4.75 million to the government and as much as $9.5 million to “eligible victims of Facebook’s alleged discrimination,” according to a news release. A spokesman for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the settlements.
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