Casselberry firm settles discrimination complaint

Avant Healthcare Professionals pays small fine

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Justice Department and Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC have resolved allegations that the company discriminated against U.S. workers in its Internet job postings.

The government says hundreds of job postings by the Casselberry-based health care staffing company contained language impermissibly preferring foreign-trained individuals seeking permanent residence or H-1B visa sponsorship over U.S. workers.

The Immigration and Nationality Act bars employers from discriminating on the basis of citizenship or immigration status unless required by law, regulation or government contract.  None of those limited exceptions applied to Avant's recruitment efforts.

Avant has agreed to pay $27,750 in civil penalties, adhere to the law's anti-discrimination protections and undergo monitoring requirements for three years.

Several years ago a Local 6 investigation revealed a trend among U.S. corporations to replace American workers by forcing them to train their foreign counterparts who were admitted to the country under special foreign visas.   The series of reports indicated that the foreign workers were often offered compensation far less than the Americans they replaced.   The Avant case was not a part of that original investigation.

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