Department of Justice reaches settlement with Giant Co. for discrimination in hiring practices

Grocer Giant Co. previously refused to accept documents that gave non-citizens permission to work in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday reached a settlement with Giant Co. after finding that the grocer discriminated against non-U.S. citizens in hiring.

The Justice Department began investigating late last year after a non-citizen reported that Giant refused to accept documents that gave her permission to work in the U.S.

The government found that Giant was routinely requiring non-citizens to show their permanent resident cards __ also known as green cards __ even when they presented other valid documents, such as driver's licenses and unrestricted Social Security cards. At the same time, Giant allowed U.S. citizens to choose from various acceptable document types.

OWNERS OF 107-YEAR-OLD GROCERY STORE THAT SURVIVED GREAT DEPRESSION FEAR THEY'LL HAVE TO CLOSE UP SHOP

Federal law allows workers to choose which documentation to present to demonstrate their identity and permission to work. Employers are prohibited from asking for specific documents because of a worker's citizenship, immigration status or national origin.

The Justice Department reached a settlement with Giant Co. regarding discrimination in the company's hiring practices. Pictured: An unspecified grocery store seen in Virginia on July 13, 2022. 

The Justice Department reached a settlement with Giant Co. regarding discrimination in the company's hiring practices. Pictured: An unspecified grocery store seen in Virginia on July 13, 2022.  ( Xinhua via Getty Images)

Giant operates more than 150 stores in Delaware, Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The Associated Press emailed a message to the company seeking comment on Monday.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Under the settlement, Giant will pay an $11,000 civil penalty, train staff in anti-discrimination policies and be subject to departmental monitoring for a three-year period. Giant has also provided the worker who complained with $18,000 in back pay.