Vegas taxi firm ordered to pay $445K discrimination fine

The owners of Southern Nevada’s second-largest taxi company will pay a $445,000 fine to settle a discrimination suit.

Operators of Yellow Checker Star Transportation also will be required to place print advertisements in a monthly trade publication for six non-consecutive months advising employees of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, undergo monitoring for three years and train employees on the law’s anti-discrimination provision.

A Justice Department investigation found that YCS violated the act by requiring non-U.S. citizens who have work cards, but not their citizen counterparts, to present additional documentation to prove their employment eligibility.

The law’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from placing additional burdens on work-authorized employees during the hiring and employment eligibility verification process because of their citizenship status or national origin.

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, which conducted the investigation, is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the law. The provision protects work-authorized individuals from employment discrimination on the basis of citizenship status or national origin, including discrimination in hiring, firing and the employment eligibility verification process.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Find him on Twitter: @RickVelotta

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