NC company reaches settlement in firing case

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Submitted: Sat, 12/01/2012 - 3:09am
Updated: Sat, 12/01/2012 - 3:10am

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina company has agreed to pay back wages and a federal fine after firing three American citizens mistaken for undocumented workers.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday it had reached a settlement with Salisbury-based heating and cooling contractor Gamewell Mechanical Inc., which is a subsidiary of Woodfin Heating Inc. Federal officials had cited the company with violating the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

After learning there were six undocumented employees among its workforce, Gamewell managers in February fired three citizens they incorrectly assumed were also in the country illegally.

Under the settlement agreement, Gamewell will pay $10,560 in back wages to those fired and $9,600 in federal penalties. The company will also be subject to compliance monitoring by federal officials for 18 months.

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Elemento P
2015 years 8 months ago

This seems reasonable: Hold companies to a very high standard as to not employ undocumented immigrants…but fine them if they over reach in an effort to comply…without any real Federal assistance in determining who is and who is not a legitimate immigrant.

For crying out loud, could we be any more schizophrenic in our immigration policies?!!!