Report says E-Verify could bring discrimination claims

Is the E-Verify system all it’s cracked up to be?  I cannot tentatively nonconfirm that at this time.


On January 18th, 2011, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report summarizing its review of the federal E-Verify system.  The report found that, even though the E-Verify system is intended to protect employers, it ultimately can lead to an increase in discrimination claims.


“How could this be?” you may ask.  Well, it’s because of tentative nonconfirmations (TNCs), which are more likely to affect foreign-born employees – and can keep an individual’s employment eligibility status on hold for an average of 104 days.


What causes TNCs?


  • Typos or incorrect data entry (this is the most common problem)
  • Multiple names attached to the Social Security number.
  • Discrepancies between the name of the employee and the employee’s Social Security number.


To see a full summary of the GAO’s report, click here and read “Verification Two-Step:  One step forward, one step back – A review of the GAO report on the progress made to improve E-Verify.”


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