Friday, August 2, 2013

DOJ I-9 Anti-Discrimination Video

by Arnulfo Sanchez

The Department of Justice (DOJ) provides employers with a YouTube video on how to avoid discrimination in the I-9 and E-Verify eligibility verification processes. The video also contains information for employees on their legal rights when dealing with document abuse discrimination.

The video discusses impermissible patterns that violate fair-employment provisions. For example, an employer cannot request the employee to present a particular document that is required to establish her identity and/or employment authorization. Doing so, would violate federal law. One must only ask that the document(s) that the employee chooses to present meet the necessary requirements for identity/authorized employment verification.

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) produced the video. OSC provides hotlines and an email address where employers and employees can ask questions regarding the prevention of discrimination. The workers’ hotline is 1-800-255-7688, (TTY Hotline for the hearing impaired is1-202-616-5525). The employers’ hotline is 1-800-255-8155, (TTY Hotline for the hearing impaired is 1-202-616-5525). The public can also communicate via email at ; or visit their website, which is [1] .

[1] D.O.J.  “Justice Department Releases Educational Video about Discrimination in
Employment Eligibility Verification” (Press Release, July 11,  2013), found online at