Tech firm VMware faces DACA discrimination lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A participant in the federal program shielding young immigrants from deportation is suing a Silicon Valley company, saying she was denied a job she was qualified for despite being authorized to work in the U.S.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sued VMware in federal court in California on Tuesday, saying the software company violated the Civil Rights Act when it denied Sandy Vasquez a job.

VMware, according to the lawsuit, refuses to hire people authorized to work in the U.S. unless they are citizens, permanent residents or have a “transferrable visa” such as a visa given to highly skilled workers. Vasquez and others enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program do not fall into these categories.

Palo Alto, California-based VMware had no immediate comment.

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