Apple will pay $25 million (23.4 million euros) in a settlement with the US Department of Justice. The latter accused the American technology company of discrimination in recruitment.
The ministry accused Apple of giving migrants priority for some jobs over U.S. citizens or non-Americans with indefinite leave to remain.
Apple is said to have preferred hiring through the PERM system, where companies can sponsor foreign workers so that they can obtain a residence permit. However, employers may not discriminate in this regard.
An investigation by the US Justice Department, which began in February 2019, found, among other things, that Apple did not publish vacancies on its site to be filled through the PERM program, even though this was the practice for other jobs.
Apple admitted that it “unintentionally” did not work according to the rules. The company says the issue has now been addressed. “We also continue to hire American staff and grow in the US,” it said. According to Apple, 90 percent of its vacancies in the US are filled by American workers.