(Reuters) – The US Department of Justice accused Facebook Inc. on Thursday of discriminating against US workers and said in a new trial that the social media giant has given employment preferences to temporary employees, including those holding H-1B visas.  The Department of Justice said Facebook had "refused" to recruit, consider or hire skilled U.S. workers for more than 2,600 jobs, many of which paid an average salary of $ 156,000 per year.
Instead, it chose to fill the posts. with the help of temporary visa holders, such as those with H-1B visas, the department added.
H-1B visas are often used by the technology sector to bring highly qualified foreign guest workers to the United States. But critics say the laws governing these visas are lax and make it too easy to replace American workers with cheaper, foreign labor.
"Facebook has cooperated with the DOJ in its investigation of this issue and while we dispute the allegations in complaints, we can not comment further on ongoing disputes," said company spokesman Daniel Roberts.