Project Veritas just released a new exposé on the tech giant Facebook with an insider interview into their hiring practices. In the first of what will likely be several releases on Facebook, Founder James O'Keefe spoke with a Facebook insider that claims that he came into possession of Facebook's Diversity Initiative internal document for the Human Resources Department.
This document on page 6 gives the direction to give priority to H-1B visa applicants for hiring at Facebook. The document states "When hiring for HR positions, it's important to prioritize H-1B Visa Workers, and this will stimulate the process of diversification of the workplace". The document also states that "Priority may be given to H-1B applicants from China or Korea to foster larger communities of diverse workers at Facebook". It continues "Although not mandatory, we recognize that the priority of H-1B applicants in favor of American applicants is for the greater good of company culture".
Steve Klein from Barr and Klein, PLLC, was interviewed by James O'Keefe and was asked for his opinion on the document (if it is a legitimate Facebook document) from a legal perspective. Klein responded, "I think it raises serious concerns under Federal and State anti-discrimination laws specifically as it would relate to discriminating based on national origin". Immigration and Nationality Act 8 USC § 1324B. "It's a very problematic document, through and through, if this is actual policy that's being implemented [at Facebook]". Klein went on to say that there could be violations of the Civil Rights Act and California Anti-Discrimination Laws which are complaint-driven laws. Damages and Attorneys fees could be recoverable in a settlement and there could be forced changes to company culture.
The Facebook insider also said that they have first-hand knowledge and experience with the impact of the push for H-1B visa applicants to be hired. "I have seen the destruction and damage that this H-1B visa issue has caused. Living in the Bay Area, there is a very large portion of homeless and within that homeless there is a very large portion of working homeless. These are Americans with degrees and jobs, that no longer have these jobs that have been replaced by H-1B visa workers. I know several people that were invited in to work, they were given 60 days and the first 30 days they had someone shadow them, and the next 30 days someone trained them and then they were released. I've seen that happen within the company and I know several people in other tech companies where it's happened to them. And so it's happening on a large scale, it's causing a spike in homelessness. It's causing a spike in unemployment, it's damaging overall. And I feel this has to stop. Someone needs to do something".
Facebook employs over 45,000 people and it's estimated worth is roughly $700 Billion.
The US H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ graduate-level workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as in IT, finance, accounting, architecture, engineering, mathematics, science, medicine, etc. Any professional level job that usually requires you to have a bachelors degree or higher can come under the H-1B visa for specialty occupations. If you do not have a bachelors degree or higher you may be able to show degree equivalence through work experience and/or other qualifications.
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