Apple has agreed to a $25 million settlement with the US Justice Department over alleged discriminatory hiring practices. The company is accused of violating anti-discrimination requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act during its recruitment for positions under the permanent labor certification program (PERM).
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The investigation found that Apple failed to advertise PERM positions on its external job website, used less effective recruitment procedures, and discriminated against certain applicants based on their method of application. The settlement includes backpay and civil penalties. The case highlights the importance of fair hiring practices for employers utilizing immigration sponsorship programs like PERM.