Panda Express settles immigration-related discrimination claim - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Panda Express settles immigration-related discrimination claim

(Source: Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.) (Source: Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAUZ) -

The Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. also known as Panda Express regarding an immigration-related discrimination claim against the restaurant chain. 

The agreement resolves the department's investigation into whether Panda Express discriminated against non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when reverifying their permission to work. 

The Justice Department's investigation concluded that Panda Express unnecessarily required lawful permanent resident workers to re-establish their work authorization when their Permanent Resident Cards expired. 

Similar requests were not asked of U.S. citizen workers when their documents expired. 

The investigation also brought to light that Panda Express routinely required other non-U.S. citizen workers to produce immigration documents to reverify their ongoing work authorization despite evidence they had already provided sufficient documentation.

Under the settlement, Panda Express will pay a civil penalty of $400,000 to the United States, establish a $200,000 back pay fund to compensate workers who lost wages due to the company's practices, train its human resources personnel on the requirements of the INA's anti-discrimination provision, and be subject to department monitoring and reporting requirements. 

Work-authorized, non-U.S. citizens who lost work at Panda Express between May 31, 2014, and June 28, 2017, due to Panda Express' documentary practices may be eligible for back pay for the wages they would have earned.  For more information, email IER.PEclaims@usdoj.gov.  

Copyright 2017 KAUZ All Rights Reserved
 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • WF woman warns of contractor scamming customers

    WF woman warns of contractor scamming customers

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:30 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:30:29 GMT
    Patience Walker had her floors ripped up by a contractor and he never showed up after. (Source: KAUZ)Patience Walker had her floors ripped up by a contractor and he never showed up after. (Source: KAUZ)
    Patience Walker had her floors ripped up by a contractor and he never showed up after. (Source: KAUZ)Patience Walker had her floors ripped up by a contractor and he never showed up after. (Source: KAUZ)

    A Wichita Falls resident is warning people about an independent contractor they hired that took some of their money and won't finish the work.

    A Wichita Falls resident is warning people about an independent contractor they hired that took some of their money and won't finish the work.

  • Research shows more white deaths than births in 26 US states

    Research shows more white deaths than births in 26 US states

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:11:48 GMT

    White natural decrease among 30-to-59-year-old whites in these states result from drug-induced deaths, intentional suicide, accidental drug overdose and alcohol deaths, the report stated.

    White natural decrease among 30-to-59-year-old whites in these states result from drug-induced deaths, intentional suicide, accidental drug overdose and alcohol deaths, the report stated.

  • Not so sweet tea video raises concern at Raising Cane's

    Not so sweet tea video raises concern at Raising Cane's

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:07:06 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:07:06 GMT
    Raising Cane's is based in Baton Rouge, LA. (Source: Raising Cane's)Raising Cane's is based in Baton Rouge, LA. (Source: Raising Cane's)

    Two employees were fired after one recorded the other stirring tea with her bare hand at a Raising Cane's restaurant in Missouri.

    Two employees were fired after one recorded the other stirring tea with her bare hand at a Raising Cane's restaurant in Missouri.

Powered by Frankly