Amid concerns of increased employment litigation, including possible claims of workplace discrimination, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently vetoed a bill that would have required the state to use the E-Verify federal database system when hiring workers. The measure had been introduced by Representative Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer).
The database called on the state to check the immigration status of individuals applying for government jobs. The system checks the eligibility of new employees to work in the United States. There are currently more than a dozen states using some sort of electronic database for verifying the eligibility of new employees applying for government positions.