Apple reached a $25 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged discrimination in hiring practices. 

The DOJ claimed that Apple favored visa holders over U.S. citizens and permanent residents during the hiring process. 

The settlement requires Apple to pay $25 million in backpay and civil penalties.

Apple must adjust its recruitment for PERM (Program Electronic Review Management) positions to align with its standard hiring practices. 

The settlement was announced by the DOJ on Thursday, November 9, 2023. 

The settlement is the largest amount that the DOJ has collected under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act 

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it favored visa holders and discriminated against US citizens and permanent residents during its hiring process 

 As part of the settlement, Apple will pay $6.7 million in civil penalties and establish a back pay fund of $18.75 million for “eligible victims of discrimination” .

The DOJ investigation found that Apple received few or no applications for these positions from US citizens or permanent residents who do not require work visas.

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