Posted on December 9, 2021

Microsoft Settles With DOJ Over Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

Adriano Marchese, Market Watch, December 7, 2021

Microsoft Corp. will be required to overhaul parts of its hiring process and pay civil penalties as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding claims of immigration-related discrimination.

The DOJ said Tuesday it has reached a settlement with the tech giant that resolves allegations the company discriminated against non-U.S. citizens based on their citizenship status during early stages of the hiring process.

Microsoft will have to adjust its hiring process to ensure it isn’t unlawfully requiring non-U.S. citizen applicants to provide specific immigration documents to prove they don’t require sponsorship for a work visa.


“The investigation found evidence that the company repeatedly asked lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees to undergo an evaluation of their need for Microsoft to sponsor them for an employment-based visa even though they do not require sponsorship to work in the United States,” the company said.