Triple H Services, LLC (THS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a Settlement Agreement that ends the DOJ Civil Rights Division and Immigration and Employee Rights (IER) Section’s investigation into whether THS engaged in unfair immigration-related employment practices prohibited by 8 U.S.C. Subsection 1324b.
In a letter dated May 1, 2017, the DOJ notified THS that it initiated an independent investigation, DJ# 197-55-70, “to determine whether Respondent had engaged in unfair employment practices” prohibited by federal law. What prompted the DOJ’s investigation? Americans filed complaints with the DOJ alleging that THS did not hire them because it prefers foreign workers over American workers.
The IER concluded from its investigation of THS’ hiring practices the following:
Reasonable cause exists to believe that from at least December 15, 2016, to at least May 15, 2017, Respondent engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminatory recruitment and hiring based on citizenship status by preferring H-2B visa workers over U.S. workers in violation of 8 U.S.C. Subsection 1324(a)(1).
In other words, Americans need not apply. THS prefers to hire foreign workers who will work for pennies.
Based on the IER’s findings, THS had no choice but to settle. The DOJ accepted a Settlement Agreement that requires THS to pay a civil penalty of $15,600 and set aside a “back pay fund of $85,000 to compensate qualified individuals who sought employment in Virginia.” Of course, as part of the Settlement Agreement, THS does not have to admit to any violation; this is important for companies who get caught with their hands in the visa cookie jar.
Most American corporations are open about their preference for cheap, foreign labor, but not to the point where they are willing to defend their hiring practices in a courtroom; it’s better to settle any complaint. Triple H Services received what every corporation guilty of malfeasance request in return for settling a claim, language in the Agreement that allows it to avoid an admission of guilt. “Whereas, this Agreement is intended to facilitate the resolution of IER’s investigation and does not constitute an admission by Respondent of any liability or act in violation of 8 U.S.C. Subsection 1324b.”
The case against THS is more proof that it is not true that Mexicans, Hondurans, et cetera do the jobs Americans will not do. Americans applied for open positions at THS and did not get hired because the Americans in charge of THS don’t want to employ their fellow Americans. Corporations continuously chirp about their fantastical need for more visas, and lobby corrupt politicians for more and more H-1B and H-2B visas because they want to save a few dollars on their labor costs, it is this simple.
Triple H Services and those of its ilk worship at the altar of the almighty dollar after singing hymns that celebrate the financial virtues of economic treason.