Immigration Law

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SoCal Staffing Agency Settles I-9 Case with DOJ for $200K
Posted on 10 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Oct. 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement with CitiStaff Solutions Inc., and CitiStaff Management Group Inc. (collectively CitiStaff), companies that provide staffing services in the greater Los... Read More

SEC Joins Probe of Chipotle Hiring Practices
Posted on 19 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers. The Denver-based company fired about 500 employees more than a year... Read More

Tags: chipotle , SEC , I-9 , DHS , DOJ , ICE

DOJ Settles I-9 Beef with Florida Landscaper
Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 23, 2015 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Sunny Grove Landscaping & Nursery Inc. (Sunny Grove), a landscaping company in Ft. Myers, Florida. The settlement resolves the department’s investigation of Sunny... Read More

Panda Express Serves Up $600K to DOJ in I-9 Violation Settlement
Posted on 30 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, June 28, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations in the United States. The agreement resolves the department’s... Read More

Joint DHS / DOJ Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits
Posted on 15 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dec. 14, 2015 - "The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the issuance of a joint Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal... Read More

Tags: guidance , audit , I-9 , DHS , DOJ

DOJ Sues Vegas Casino for I-9 Problems
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Tuscany Hotel and Casino LLC in Las Vegas, alleging that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification and re-verification... Read More

Tags: casino , I-9 , tuscany , DOJ

Don't Bet Against the House (DOJ)
Posted on 11 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The house (in this case, DOJ) usually wins. A Las Vegas casino has to shell out $49K and change for putting the screws to its non-citizen employees during I-9 processing. Dealer pays. Read More

Tags: casino , vegas , I-9 , DOJ

Dallas Property Management Firm Flubs I-9s, Pays $20K Fine and Back Wages
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department today reached an agreement with Milestone Management Company, a nationwide residential property management firm headquartered in Dallas, resolving claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provision... Read More

Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers
Posted on 5 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act... Read More

Food Service Giant Flubs I-9s, Pays DOJ $250K+
Posted on 8 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Centerplate Inc., resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Centerplate, based in Spartanburg... Read More