Apple Inc. has agreed to pay $25 million in settlement of allegations that it partook in a pattern of discriminatory hiring practices when filling some of its jobs between 2018 and 2019.
The deal, which was announced recently, settled a long investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
According to federal regulators, an inquiry that started in 2019 determined that Apple’s recruitment practices discriminated against U.S. candidates for jobs that were given to some immigrant workers seeking to be granted permanent resident status in the country. In some cases, Apple discriminated against non-U.S. residents, according to the settlement.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Apple denied any wrongdoing in the official seven-page settlement and defended its hiring record.
The company said: “Apple proudly employs more than 90,000 people in the United States and continues to invest nationwide, creating millions of jobs. When we realized we had unintentionally not been following the DOJ standard, we agreed to a settlement addressing their concerns.”
Most of the settlement fund will be used to compensate victims of Apple’s alleged discrimination. The remaining money covers the fine that Apple is paying for its hiring practices during the duration covered in the settlement.
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