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Ross Stores settles San Diego discrimination claim

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says Ross Stores Inc. has agreed to pay more than $17,000 to settle a claim that it discriminated against employees at a San Diego store when verifying their immigration status.

The Justice Department said Thursday that it began its investigation when a new hire complained that the store in San Diego's San Ysidro neighborhood demanded she produce a legal resident card. She had another type of visa that made her eligible to work. Ross withdrew the job offer.

The department says the store required non-citizen employees to produce excessive documentation and did not ask the same of citizens.

A representative of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.


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