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Federal government sues Loveland-based Crop Production Services

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Department of Justice claims company discriminated against U.S. citizens at facility in Texas
Article publisher: 
Reporter Herald
Article date: 
October 4, 2017
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Colorado News
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The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Loveland-based Crop Production Services, claiming the company declined to hire at least three workers because they are U.S. citizens and instead hired foreign temporary workers.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges that Crop Production Services violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by showing preference to noncitizens under the H-2A visa program.
Crop Production Services, headquartered in east Loveland, is the North American retail business unit of Agrium, an agricultural products and services company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The Justice Department's complaint says CPS discriminated against at least three U.S. citizens who were applying for jobs last year as seasonal technicians at the company's rice-breeding facility in El Campo, Texas...
Also, the Justice Department claims that the company refused to consider a U.S. citizen with limited proficiency in English yet hired foreign workers who couldn't speak English.
The release said all 15 available seasonal technician jobs in 2016 were filled by H-2A visa workers...