DOJ settles discrimination claim against Oregon school district


The school district is required to pay a teaching applicant $5,774

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The United States Department of Justice settled a claim against the Woodburn School District on Tuesday after the district refused to hire a work-authorized non-U.S. citizen as a teacher.

During its investigation, the DOJ determined that the school district discriminated against a man applying for a teaching position due to his citizenship status — even though he was the most qualified candidate according to the hiring committee.

“The Department of Justice is committed to removing unlawful discriminatory barriers that deprive workers of opportunities because of their citizenship status or national origin,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.

Drieblend also commended the Woodburn School District for working swiftly with the Division to resolve the issue at hand.

The school district is required to pay the applicant $5,774 for the violation as well as $5,543 to the U.S. in civil penalties. The district will also undergo departmental monitoring, training and reporting requirements for the next 3 years.

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