In the settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and Houston Community College, HCC will pay $83,600 in civil penalties, create a $20,000 back pay fund, and be subject to monitoring of its employment eligibility hiring practices.
Renee Byas, Houston Community College Acting Chancellor, signed the settlement agreement January 29th, 2013. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education,
“the department said the college had discriminated against noncitizens for at least two years by requiring them to provide documentation verifying their authority to work, while not requiring U.S. citizens to do the same. The inquiry began after a woman complained of being discriminated against when applying for a job, but the department said that its findings did not support her claim”
Conditions of the settlement include a requirement that HCC make a good faith effort to identify and locate all individuals since March 2010, whose employment with HCC was delayed, suspended, or terminated due to HCC’s request for certain employment eligibility verification documents, and a stipulation that HCC agrees it will not intimidate, threaten, coerce, or retaliate against the Charging Party or any other person for his/ her participation in this matter…