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Wyoming Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute discrimination based on national origin, in violation of the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-101). The law applies to all public employers and private employers with two or more employees.
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The Wyoming Department of Employment enforces the Fair Employment Practices Act. The Department is authorized to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints; issue subpoenas; hold hearings; issue administrative decisions and orders; and enforce its decision in state court. In certain instances, a person alleging discrimination may also file a private lawsuit in state court. Remedies can include cease and desist orders, hiring, reinstatement or promotion, or back pay (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-104).
For additional information, visit www.wyomingworkforce.org.
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the legal status and right to work of all new hires. To satisfy verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization. There is additional information and details on these requirements.
The federal IRCA and all subsequent amendments regulate the employment status of immigrants.
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