(Waterloo) The Justice Department has announced a settlement with the city of Waterloo over the hiring practices in the city with regard to citizenship.
The settlement involves a complaint filed by a lawful permanent resident, according to the Justice Department, who applied for a position with the fire department but was refused consideration by the city because he was not a U.S. citizen. The Justice Department says the city improperly restricted the position to only U.S. citizens when there was no lower executive order authorizing the restriction and the refusal to consider the applicant was based on citizenship.
The settlement calls for the city to allow the applicant to reapply for a position in the fire department and hire the person, or provide compensation if the applicant is qualified. The city is also going to have to pay $13,000 in civil penalties and it will have to make changes to ensure illegal citizenship requirements are not imposed and be subject to monitoring by the Justice Department for one year.
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