Nov 29 (Reuters) - Gap Inc has settled federal
charges that it routinely discriminated against employees who
were not U.S. citizens because of their immigration status, the
Department of Justice said on Monday.
The accord requires the San Francisco-based clothing
retailer to pay a $73,263 civil fine, provide back wages to two
employees who lost work because of its practices, and upgrade
its employee training worldwide.
It ends a 3-1/2-year-old probe into Gap, which did not admit
wrongdoing and said its actions did not violate a 1986 federal
law against immigration-related employment discrimination.
Gap was accused of unnecessarily "reverifying" the
employment eligibility of some lawful permanent residents and
naturalized U.S. citizens, and requiring some employees to
provide specific immigration documents to confirm their
eligibility to work.
The Justice Department said Gap's reliance on an electronic
program used for employment eligibility contributed to the
In a statement, Gap said it no longer uses that program, and
"we believe we are in compliance with all federal requirements."
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Matthew
Lewis and Nick Zieminski)