Justice Department accuses Facebook of favoring visa workers for some positions

Dec. 3 (UPI) — The Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company discriminated against U.S. workers by creating a separate recruiting process favoring temporary visa holders.

In a statement, the Department of Justice accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit, consider or hire U.S. workers for more than 2,600 positions with an average salary of about $156,000. The suit said the company instead reserved the jobs for temporary visa holders, such as those with H-1B visas.

“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said.

The suit is based on an investigation spanning from Jan. 1, 2018 to Sept. 18, 2019.

During this time, the Justice Department said Facebook

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The Justice Department is suing Facebook for side-stepping visa rules

The Justice Department has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in its hiring practices. The complaint, filed on Thursday, alleges that the company maintained a separate job listing process for visa-eligible job postings, both limiting the visibility of the job listing online and insisting that job seekers submit their applications by mail.

According to the Justice Department, the result was a systematic effort to discourage US workers from applying for an entire class of jobs at Facebook.

“Facebook’s discriminatory recruitment and hiring practice is routine, ongoing, and widespread,” the complaint reads. “It discriminates against U.S. workers because of their immigration or citizenship status, and it harms them by limiting their ability to apply, to be considered, and to be hired.”

In simple terms, prosecutors believe Facebook was hiding job listings reserved for visa-bound workers that

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) – Google, Justice Department Must Give Fresh Proposal In Antitrust Case Over Concerns Raised By Apple, Microsoft, Others, Judge Says

The U.S District Judge presiding over the antitrust hearing against Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) dominance in the internet search remarked that the case warrants a new proposal over the sensitive nature of the content being discussed, especially the data collected from other tech companies.

What Happened: The Wall Street Journal reports that Judge Amit Mehta has directed the U.S. Department of Justice and Google to draft a new proposal for addressing the case of Google’s dominance in online search results and its advertising business.

Some of the data collected by the Justice Department includes information from Google’s market peers in the tech industry like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Amazon Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). This contains sensitive materials like the company’s internal data and strategies, which, they say, if revealed to Google would harm their future ability to negotiate or compete with the search

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Labor Department published ‘flawed estimates’ of weekly jobless claims, watchdog says

WASHINGTON — The nation’s system for providing unemployment benefits to jobless workers has consistently produced inaccurate data and lower-than-appropriate payouts to some workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a government watchdog said Monday.

The Labor Department’s weekly reports on jobless claims have published “flawed estimates of the number of individuals receiving benefits each week throughout the pandemic,” the Government Accountability Office said in a periodic report.

In addition, a program created by Congress to provide jobless benefits to workers who are normally not eligible for them has underpaid recipients in most states. As a result, the average weekly payout under what is called the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which is available to gig-economy workers and the self-employed, is below the poverty line in 70% of states that reported data.


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Steampunk Hires Crawford-Jones To Lead Its Department of Justice Sector Business

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Steampunk is pleased to announce a new strategic appointment as a critical building block for its Department of Justice business.  Latarshia (Tasha) Crawford-Jones has been named Vice President, Department of Justice, responsible for establishing and growing our business in the Justice sector.

Latarshia (Tasha) Crawford-Jones

“We are all about focused growth and solving our clients’ toughest challenges; and Tasha is here to help us continue to do just that,” said Kate Abrey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Steampunk’s DHS and Justice & Legislative portfolio.  “Tasha brings unique skills, deep knowledge, and diversity of thought to drive growth and achieve impactful results for our clients,” added Abrey.

Tasha brings over 20 years of business and technology experience focused on a wide range of data, management, intelligence, and technical competencies to improve decision making and turn around troubled initiatives in the Federal and Defense

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Rivada, White House lobbying Defense Department on 5G spectrum-leasing plan

But the military has not embraced the proposal, even though it was pushed directly by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

“I’ll just be honest with you, the department has not embraced spectrum-leasing at this point … there are just so many issues at play including bringing in receipts and dollars into the department, and we don’t know how the DoD would even do that,” said a senior Defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter freely.

“We’re looking for industry and [other government agencies] to give us some innovative ideas about how that might happen,” the official said.

The lobbying document obtained by The Post shows Rivada proposing that it create a 5G network and rent out that spectrum to private companies such as Netflix, Facebook or

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Oregon Employment Department starts sending waiting week payments

The Oregon Employment Department estimates that payments were delivered to 246,300 Oregonians on Monday, totaling $176 million.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department announced Monday it started making waiting week payments to eligible Oregonians receiving unemployment benefits.

Last week, OED Acting Director David Gerstenfeld said he was “pretty confident” that the department would be able to start making the payments to people for the waiting week “before Thanksgiving.” On Monday, Gerstenfeld thanked Oregonians for their patience.

RELATED: Oregon Employment Department plans to begin paying waiting week money by Thanksgiving

The OED estimates that payments were delivered to 246,300 Oregonians on Monday, totaling $176 million. Most claimants should receive their waiting week payment within three business days, the OED said. The money will be delivered through the typical method of payment for those who have received regular unemployment insurance benefits since the start of the pandemic. 

For those eligible for

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From Target to Kohl’s, a bet on beauty as department stores reel

Fans gather at local Ulta Beauty in Houston to greet Kylie Jenner at the launch of her cosmetics line on November 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

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Some retailers are betting that lip glosses, eye shadow palettes and facial scrubs will be the next big thing to drive customers, especially younger ones, to their stores.

As the likes of Ulta Beauty and LVMH-owned Sephora continue to open new locations across the United States, mass retailers like Target and Kohl’s are investing more in beauty and hoping to grow their market share in makeup, nail products and perfumes.

With this, a category that has historically been dominated by America’s department store chains is now increasingly moving out of malls. And while the coronavirus pandemic has driven an overall decline in beauty sales this year, sales of makeup and other personal care items have been surging online, which

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Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Visa’s Planned Acquisition of Plaid

The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday that seeks to block Visa Inc.’s $5.3 billion deal to acquire Plaid Inc., a key player in the financial-technology space.

The department brought the case in a Northern California federal court, alleging the deal would eliminate the nascent but significant competitive threat that Plaid poses to Visa in the online debit market. The acquisition would allow Visa to unlawfully maintain a monopoly in online debit, leading to higher prices, less innovation and higher entry barriers for online debit services, the department alleged.

“If allowed to proceed, the acquisition would deprive American merchants and consumers of this innovative alternative to Visa,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, the department’s antitrust chief.

“American consumers and business owners increasingly buy and sell goods and services online, and Visa—a monopolist in online debit service—has extracted billions of dollars from those transactions,” Mr. Delrahim said.

A Visa

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Visa’s Plaid deal was a bid to stifle competition: Justice Department

  • The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Visa, calling into question its $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid.
  • In the complaint, the DOJ says that Plaid had been building a payments service that would compete directly with Visa’s massive debit card business. 
  • The pay-by-bank service would enable merchants to accept payments from consumers’ bank accounts without needing to use a debit card.
  • According to the suit, Visa earned over $4 billion from its debit business in 2019, including roughly $2 billion from online debit.
  • Plaid declined to comment.
  • Visa said in a statement that Plaid is not a payments company, and that the DOJ’s attempt to block the deal is “legally flawed.” It plans to defend the acquisition.
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The Department of Justice is

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