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Merrill Lynch Parent Sued for Alleged Refusal to Hire DACA Recipient

May 4, 2018

A recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is suing Bank of America alleging he was disqualified from being considered for a job with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management after disclosing his DACA status, the Hill writes.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has filed a class action suit on behalf of Brazilian Daniel Marques in the U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern District of North Carolina, according to the publication. MALDEF tells the Hill that a Bank of America executive recruiter for the mid-Atlantic region told Marques he needed to be eligible to work in the U.S. “without limitations.” But president Donald Trump’s administration announced in September that it’s dismantling the Obama-era DACA program, which lets young people brought into the U.S. illegally remain and work in the country — although the decision was immediately challenged in courts and put on hold, the Hill writes.

A Bank of America spokesman tells the publication that the firm doesn’t have any restrictions on hiring DACA recipients and added that the firm will review Marques’s situation.

Marques has filed a similar complaint against Allied Wealth Partners, who rejected him in the spring of 2016, according to Bloomberg.


MALDEF attorneys tell the newswire they don’t know how many Bank of America job applicants had experiences similar to Marques’s but they say that eligibility for the class action lawsuit applies to more than 800,000 DACA recipients around the country.

By Alex Padalka
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