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Agreement Reached in Class Action Hiring Discrimination Case Brought By DACA recipient

Jul 30, 2021 / Press Release
(MIAMI) – David Rodriguez, a DACA recipient who applied for an internship at The Procter & Gamble Company, and P&G, have reached an agreement in Rodriguez v. P&G. The case sought to address P&G’s policy and practice of screening out non-U.S. citizens applicants unless they held a long-term work authorization. The case was filed as a putative class action in federal district court in Miami on July 17, 2017 raising claims of discrimination based on alienage in violation of federal section 1981. P&G denies any wrongdoing and vigorously defended it policy over the course of...
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La batalla legal de un beneficiario de DACA contra una compañía que se negó a contratarlo por su estatus migratorio

Nov 13, 2020 / News Item
A pesar de tener permiso de trabajo y las credenciales laborales necesarias, David Rodríguez no obtuvo un empleo en la empresa Procter and Gamble porque es beneficiario de DACA. La compañía argumenta que la ley le permite no contratar a dreamers, pero una jueza federal falló a favor del joven indicando que puede seguir con su litigio legal. * * *
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Nov 11, 2020 / Press Release
(MIAMI) – A federal judge in Florida has rejected a request by Procter & Gamble to immediately appeal the judge’s earlier denial of summary judgment to the company. The order comes in a discrimination lawsuit filed by David M. Rodriguez, who is authorized to work in the U.S., but Procter & Gamble denied him a job because he is a recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Judge Kathleen Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued the ruling in a lawsuit filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Outten...
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Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ in Search of a Job Are Being Turned Away

Aug 20, 2020 / News Item
MIAMI — Nattily dressed in a sports coat and slacks, David Rodriguez took a seat in the front row to hear a presentation about an internship opportunity at Procter & Gamble, the consumer giant. What he heard excited him, said Mr. Rodriguez, a Venezuelan immigrant who was studying business at Florida International University. The company valued diversity. It aimed to hire interns as full-time employees after they graduated. But when he applied, one question on the form stumped him: “Are you currently a U.S. citizen or national, OR an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, OR a...
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DACA lawsuit challenging Procter & Gamble’s discriminatory hiring practice moves forward

Jun 12, 2020 / Press Release
(MIAMI) – A federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit filed by DACA recipients challenging Procter & Gamble’s discriminatory hiring practice will move to trial. The decision by a Florida federal court clears the way for a 2017 lawsuit brought against the consumer giant by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), Outten & Golden LLP, and Cimo Mazer Mark to move forward. The legal challenge was filed on behalf of David Rodriguez, a former college student who is authorized to work under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, who was denied an...
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Aspiring Interns Seek Class Cert. In P&G DACA Bias Suit

Apr 15, 2019 / News Item
Rejected prospective interns accusing Procter & Gamble Co. of discriminating against those with temporary work authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have asked a Florida federal court for class certification. Lead plaintiff and Venezuela native David M. Rodriguez said in Friday's motion that P&G's alleged policy of automatically rejecting candidates without "unrestricted work authorization" uniformly applied to hundreds of non-U.S. citizens who can otherwise legally work in the country, such as DACA recipients, temporary protected status beneficiaries...
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Some businesses are refusing to hire DACA recipients. They are fighting back.

Aug 6, 2018 / News Item
Daniel Marques would probably be working as a financial adviser for a big investment firm in New Jersey right now. David Rodriguez might have landed an internship with Procter & Gamble in Miami. Sandy Vasquez might be an engineering intern in Silicon Valley. Ruben Juarez might have snagged a finance internship in Connecticut. All four of them went to college and graduated with honors. And all four of them say they were denied jobs, even though they had valid work permits because they are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. * * * As the legal battle...
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MALDEF files lawsuits, alleging discrimination based on DACA status

May 4, 2018 / News Item
A new front in the fight surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is opening up, this time around employment. When President Trump rescinded DACA last year, it appeared as though the program would end. DACA, which was implemented under the Obama administration, allows undocumented young immigrants who apply and qualify to work and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Yet the March 5th deadline for the program’s termination has come and gone, and DACA remains in place, thanks to several court rulings. Most recently, in April, a federal judge ruled against...
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P&G Must Face DACA Discrimination Suit

Apr 2, 2018 / Media Coverage
A Florida federal court denied the Procter & Gamble Co.’s attempt to toss a proposed class action by a rejected prospective intern claiming the company discriminates against those with temporary work authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding the man properly alleged its hiring practices are biased. U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams said on Friday that Venezuela native David M. Rodriguez had shown enough facts in his allegations that P&G chose not to hire him and other DACA recipients because of their noncitizen status, allowing the putative...
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P&G Faces Immigrant Discrimination Class Action

Jul 18, 2017 / Media Coverage
A prospective Procter & Gamble Co. intern filed a class action in Florida federal court Monday, claiming the company discriminated against his DACA immigration status when he was not selected for its internship program. David M. Rodriguez, a Venezuelan national authorized to work in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, or DACA, said in the suit that he and other non-permanent residents were not given equal opportunity in P&G job applications, a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. “P&G, a multi-billion dollar American multinational consumer...
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