Denver Sheriff’s Department ordered pay $10,000 fine for discriminating against applicants who aren’t U.S. citizens

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The Denver Sheriff’s Department will pay a $10,000 fine for discriminating against job applicants who aren’t U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Department of Justice imposed the penalty, after finding the sheriff’s department had been illegally requiring that applicants for deputy positions be U.S. citizens, according to a statement issued Monday.

The statement read, in part:

“The Justice Department’s investigation found that from approximately Jan. 1, 2015, until approximately March 23, 2016, the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated based on citizenship status by requiring applicants for deputy sheriff positions to be U.S. citizens and publishing job postings with U.S. citizenship requirements, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from limiting jobs to U.S. citizens except where the employer is required to do so by law, regulation, executive order or government contract.  The Denver Sheriff Department was not subject to one of the INA’s exceptions.”

As part of the settlement, Denver will also reconsider applicants who were disqualified and train human resources staff to comply with federal law.

The Denver Sheriff Department said in a post on Twitter, “While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility.”