What is an EAD or Work Permit?
An employment authorization document (EAD) is one way to prove that a foreign worker is allowed to work in the United States for a specified time period. It is valid for employment across almost all employment sectors. There are certain Federal jobs or other licensed professions that may require for an applicant to be a Legal Permanent Resident or a U.S. Citizen, but by and large, with an EAD you qualify for nearly any kind of work in the United States.
If you have an EAD and an employer refused to hire you or interview you because you do not have a green card, the employer’s conduct may have been unlawful and you can report it to either the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) depending on the size of the employer. The USCIS website includes more information regarding employment discrimination and links to the relevant investigative agencies.
Chances are that if you have been discriminated against based on your immigration status by an employer, then others have and will be too in the future. The EAD provides you with an ability to work in the United States and it is important for employers to respect those rights. Likewise, employers should make sure to keep themselves aware of employment laws to ensure their companies maintain a non-discriminatory work environment and avail themselves of the full immigrant workforce.
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