July 05, 2012, 4:33 PM — IT job board Dice.com has hundreds of listings for jobs that aren't available to U.S. tech workers because the listings are aimed at foreign visa holders, said Bright Future Jobs, a group of high-tech professionals focused on encouraging U.S. IT workers.
Bright Future Jobs' new report, No Americans Need Apply, listed 100 job listings, posted between January and March, focused on hiring H-1B visa workers or other foreign workers, but those 100 job listings were just a sample of the hundreds of ads on Dice.com looking exclusively for foreign workers, said Donna Conroy, executive director of the group.
Bright Future Jobs is pushing U.S. lawmakers to crack down on job listings targeting only foreign workers. The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act generally prohibits employers from discriminating based on citizenship status during the hiring process, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
It doesn't make sense for U.S. IT companies to complain about a U.S. worker shortage when they aren't looking for U.S. employees, Conroy said. The ads are "clearly, unmistakenly saying, no Americans need apply," she said.
U.S. companies reached the 85,000-person cap for H-1B visa applications in early June this year, two months after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service opened up applications.
A search on Dice.com Thursday found more than 300 job listings for OPT jobs. OPT stands for Optional Practical Training, a visa program for recent foreign graduates of U.S. colleges. There were more than 160 job listings for H-1B visa holders, and more than 200 listings for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) visa holders. CPT is a job program for foreign students enrolled at U.S. colleges.
Those types of ads are "discriminatory" against U.S. workers, Conroy said.
Dice.com said it works hard to police job ads. The site's terms of service prohibits job requirements that discriminate "on the basis of citizenship status or national origin."
The site has "zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind on our site, in recruiting practices and in the workplace," Tom Silver, Dice's senior vice president for North America, said in a statement. The site has more than 80,000 job ads on any one day, he said.
Dice employees search the site daily for discriminatory terms, Silver added. "In the rare instances that we find an advertisement that doesn't comply with our policies, we contact the employer or recruiter to have the ad removed promptly," he said. "If the employer or recruiter fails to comply, we remove the advertisement."