IFCO Systems, the nation’s largest pallet manufacturer, agreed last month to pay a record $20.7 million fine to settle claims that it knowingly employed illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency had conducted raids at 40 IFCO plants in 26 states, apprehending 1,100 suspected illegal workers.
“This settlement demonstrates the government’s zeal for enforcing existing immigration laws and cracking down on illegal employment,” says employment law firm Littler Mendelson. “The amount of the settlement reaffirms the government’s intent to go after the corporation, not just individuals, aggressively.”
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