Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it engaged in discriminatory hiring practices from 2018 to 2019. The settlement follows a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice, which concluded that Apple violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by favouring immigrant workers over U.S. candidates for certain positions.
The probe also found instances where Apple discriminated against non-U.S. residents. Despite vehemently denying any wrongdoing, Apple acknowledged a failure to adhere to DOJ standards and opted for a settlement to address concerns.
In response to the settlement, Apple defended its hiring record, emphasizing its employment of over 90,000 people in the United States and significant nationwide investments.
The $25 million settlement, a relatively modest sum for Apple, will be divided into $18.25 million allocated to a fund compensating victims of alleged discrimination, while the remainder covers fines related to Apple’s hiring practices during the specified timeframe. This comes as Apple reported $383 billion in revenue for its last fiscal year ending on September 30.