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The immigration reform bill would make it illegal for employees to discriminate against the millions of newly documented illegal aliens who would be granted provisional status, a WND review of the legislation has found.

Case of such discrimination would be referred to the Justice Department’s Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.

The text of the bill makes it an “unfair immigration-related employment practice” for a “person, other entity, or employment agency, to discriminate against any individual because of such individual’s national origin or citizenship status.”

The anti-discrimination law applies to the following:

  • The hiring of the individual for employment.
  • The verification of the individual’s eligibility to work in the United States.
  • The firing of the individual.

The bill makes an exception for cases in which a newly legalized alien is competing for the same job with a U.S. citizen or national or against another newly legalized alien provided the two competitors are “equally qualified.”

Another exception is a business that employs fewer than three employees or if discrimination is necessary to comply with federal, state or local law, or a federal government contract.

Employers found guilty of discrimination could be fined a penalty of between $2,000 and $25,000 for each individual discriminated against. The fee depends on the “unfair” employment practice.

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