At a time when ICE is condemning cities and counties for harboring illegal immigrants, one Florida pizzeria took it’s responsibilities way too far, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Authorities say they asked immigrant employees for unnecessary documentation to prove their legal status in the U.S.
Tuesday, the DOJ announced a settlement agreement had been made with Pizzerias LLC, a Florida pizzeria. The company agreed to pay a fine of $140,ooo for overstepping their bounds when asking for specific documents from immigrant workers.
DOJ hopes the fine will resolve a dispute over the way the pizzeria chain verifies whether it’s potential employees have legal U.S. residency. The agency conducted an investigation to find out if a federal laws was violated, which prohibits employers from demanding unnecessary documents from people based on their citizenship status.
The Daily Caller reports:
The franchise, with more than 30 locations in Miami, was accused of routinely asking lawful permanent residents for a Permanent Resident Card to prove their work authorization, although they often have access to the same documents a U.S. citizen would provide to prove work authorization. Federal investigators found the demand for a Permanent Resident Card possibly constituted an illegal hurdle for the immigrants, in violation of an anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Justice Department concluded there is “reasonable cause to believe that [Pizzerias] engaged in a pattern or practice of unfair documentary practices,” the settlement agreement states.
The agency said in a statement it’s committed to ensuring lawful U.S. workers are “free from discriminatory barriers” because of their national origin, citizenship or immigration status. “Pizzerias’ responsiveness throughout the course of the investigation assisted in a speedy resolution of this matter,” the statement adds.
Pizzerias has agreed to pay the sum in four installments of $35,000 on or before August 27, 2018. The franchise also agreed to post notices informing employees of their rights under the INA anti-discrimination law, to train their human resources staff, and to agree to new monitoring and reporting requirements.