Denver Sheriff’s Department is hiring. There only requirement is you are must be a U.S. citizen.
Most people agree with the idea that if you want to protect and serve America, you should be an American.
When the Denver Sheriff’s Department cut millions of dollars in overtime pay, there aim was to hire lots of new people to help their overworked deputies. In order to have one of their largest applicant pools in history, the department placed an ad with the requirement of U.S. citizenship.
The US government did not like that. By the spring of 2016, the department hired 200 new deputies and was flooded with more applicants than they could handle.
The veterans were happy they would not longer be overworked. However, the Justice Department has slapped the Sheriff’s Department with a fine of $10,000 for purposely discriminating against job seekers.
In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has handed over a list to help the sheriff mitigate their discriminatory hiring practices and give job applicants a fair chance.
The Denver Sheriff’s Department responded by saying, it was an accident and that they didn’t mean to ‘discriminate’. They assumed hiring US citizens was the right thing to do.
Then they issued the following statement:
“The Denver Sheriff Department maintains its commitment to treat all people with dignity and respect, and is proud to have one of the most diverse workplaces in Colorado,” said Denver Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Simon Crittle. “While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility and are taking steps to clarify policy and amend language in hiring documents.”
The Justice Department was just trying to protect more people’s right and issued the following statement on their website:
“We commend the Denver Sheriff Department for its cooperation and commitment to removing unnecessary and unlawful employment barriers,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Eliminating this unlawful citizenship requirement will help ensure that the Denver Sheriff Department hires the best and most qualified individuals to protect and serve. The entire community will benefit from these reforms.”
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, prefers to keep the discriminatory hiring practice in play.
Krikorian said: “We’re handing over a gun and a badge to somebody whose background we don’t really know a lot about,” Krikorian said.
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