Employing Immigrants

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) developed this site to give employers easy access to immigrant
employment laws. The site includes:

  • What documents can immigrant workers use to prove their identity and employment eligibility?

  • What types of hiring practices lead to discrimination lawsuits?

  • Are "English-Only" workplace policies legal?

  • When do "citizen-only" and "permanent resident-only" hiring policies spell trouble?

Funding for this web site came from the US Department of Justice-Office of Special Counsel on Immigration
Related Employment Discrimination, in partnership with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) enforces the
anti-discrimination provision (§ 274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2)
national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) document abuse (unfair
documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, Form I-9, process, and 4) retaliation or

If you feel you have suffered one of these forms of discrimination, click here to file a charge or call the Worker
Hotline: 1-800-255-7688.

If you are an employer with questions about the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, call the Employer Hotline:


If you feel you have been discriminated in employment based on your national origin, race, disability, gender,
sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, creed, religion, or veteran status contact the Seattle Office for
Civil Rights at 206-684-4500, or visit or site at: seattle.gov/civilrights.