By: Staff reports
Immigrants’ Documents Proved Valid
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has agreed to settle a lawsuit that charges the paper with
discrimination during hiring, The Associated Press reports.
The Atlanta daily, owned by Cox Newspapers Inc., will pay $76,925 in civil penalties and
$4,996 in back pay to two immigrants who earlier were denied jobs because the company refused
to recognize valid documentation. The paper also must correct hiring policies and receive
training from the Justice Department.
The paper hired both immigrants as part of the settlement.
Yolanda Hernandez filed a complaint in November after her Social Security card and driver’s
license were rejected as identification. The newspaper discovered another applicant had been
denied a job on the same grounds, so the paper reported the case to the Justice Department.
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