KUSA - The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office was forced to change its policies after an investigation revealed the agency discriminated against non-U.S. citizens when hiring new employees.
The Justice Department announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with the sheriff's office. It was accused of violating the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Justice Department's investigation started following a lawsuit by a former employee. The former employee who filed the lawsuit was in fact a U.S. citizen and had documentation that showed her work authorization but not her citizenship, according to a release.
Under the settlement agreement, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office will be subject to monitoring by the Justice Department for a period of three years. In addition, it must inform other affected non-U.S. citizen applicants that they could re-apply for available law enforcement positions.
The sheriff's office denied that it committed any violation of the anti-discrimination provision but fully cooperated with the investigation and agreed to revise its hiring policies.
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