MDIVANI CORPORATE IMMIGRATION UPDATE

Panda Express Agrees to Pay $400,000 in fines and $200,000 in back pay for Discrimination in I-9 Pro

The Department of Justice (DOJ) just announced they reached an agreement with Panda Restaurant Group aka Panda Express regarding the company’s alleged discriminatory practices in the I-9 process. Panda Express has agreed to pay $400,000 in civil penalties to the DOJ as well as to establish a back pay fund of $200,000 for workers who were terminated based on the discrimination. Additionally, DOJ is requiring Panda Express to train its human resource personnel on discrimination and be subject to government monitoring and reporting requirements. Panda Express was allegedly discriminating against employees by reverifying some employees’ permanent resident cards, even though lawful permanent resi

Metal Fabrication Company Fined Over $300,000 for I-9 Violations Caused by Highly Experienced, but U

Now bankrupt Arizona metal company, DLS Precision Fab LLC. (DLS), is ordered to pay $305,050 for I-9 related violations. The 9th Circuit court of Appeals denied DLS’ claims to a “good faith defense,” and upheld liability and fines for 503 out of 504 violations previously decided by the Administrative Law Judge. Out of the 504 violations before the Court of Appeals for review, 389 were for I-9 “paper violations,” and 15 were for “continuing to employ an unauthorized alien,” in violation of 8 USC 1324a(a)(2) and 1324a(b.) DLS argued they had made a good faith effort at compliance by hiring a “well qualified Human Resources Manager,” and that the company should not be held liable for this manag

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