If you wanted to get a job with the Denver Sheriff’s Department, you needed to meet the job requirements just like anywhere else. But there was one difference. Job seekers would be automatically disqualified from a job at the Denver Sheriff’s department if they were not a U.S. citizen.
Most people thought this was fair. If you want to protect and serve America, you should at least be an American, right?
And as the Department cut millions of dollars in overtime pay from their overworked deputies, they aimed to hire scores of new people and put them on the streets to protect Denver. To get one of their largest applicant pools in history, the department placed an ad and listed U.S. citizenship as a requirement. They thought there wouldn’t be a problem. But the government didn’t like it…
By spring 2016, the department had hired 200 new deputies, flooding the workplace with more eager police officers. The veterans and senior officers were grateful for the reinforcements. Everyone was happy.
But now the Justice Department has slapped the Sheriff’s Department with a fine of $10,000 for purposely discriminating against job seekers. Learn more about this below!
Besides issuing Denver’s Sheriff’s Department with 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 said it was an accident. They didn’t mean to ‘discriminate’ but felt that hiring US citizens was the right thing to do.