A pizza restaurant in Florida will have to pay a large court sum for asking immigrant employees to provide documents to prove their legal status. The pizzeria has agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice over the matter.
The pizza chain was investigated for potentially violating a federal law which stops employers from demanding unnecessary documents from people to do with citizenship. Pizzerias LLC will pay the government $140,000 for trying to verify their legal residency status of their employees.
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 Department of Justice asserted in the settlement statement that there was, “reasonable cause to believe that [Pizzerias] engaged in a pattern or practice of unfair documentary practices,” and that the requirements were discriminatory.
Pizzerias has agreed to change the policy and submit to monitoring by the courts, in addition to paying the financial penalty.