(CNN Business) The Trump administration sued Facebook on Thursday for allegedly passing over US job candidates for thousands of positions in favor of immigrant workers holding temporary visas.
The suit by the Justice Department claims that from 2018 through September 2019, Facebook (FB) discriminated against US workers by reserving job openings for temporary workers including H-1B visa holders.
In a statement, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said: “Facebook has been cooperating with the DOJ in its review of this issue and while we dispute the allegations in the complaint, we cannot comment further on pending litigation.”
The complaint follows a two-year investigation by the DOJ, according to an agency release. The Trump administration seeks civil penalties against Facebook as well as back pay for what the DOJ says is owed to US workers who were denied employment at Facebook.