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DOJ hits Smithfield unit with record fine on hiring practices

By Rita Jane Gabbett on 8/23/2011

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Smithfield Food's Farmland Foods Inc. unit agreed to pay $290,400 to settle allegations that it engaged in a pattern of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and excessive documentary requirements on non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens when establishing their authority to work in the United States.

The agreed amount is the highest civil penalty paid through settlement since enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision in 1986, according to DOJ.

Farmland also agreed to end its impermissible document requests and to modify its employment eligibility verification process as well as to new monitoring and reporting provisions and training for its human resources personnel.

The settlement resolves the lawsuit between the United States and Farmland filed in June 2011.

The lawsuit was based on an investigation by the Civil Rights Division's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) that revealed Farmland required all newly hired non-U.S. citizens and some foreign-born U.S. citizens at its Monmouth, Ill., plant to present specific and, in many cases, extra work-authorization documents beyond those required by federal law.

In the case of non-U.S. citizens, Farmland required the presentation of a specific work-authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security, such as a permanent resident card or an employment authorization document, rather than allowing the employee to choose which document(s) to present from the list of acceptable documents on the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

Farmland also required additional work authorization documents, generally by requiring social security cards after employees had produced other documents establishing work authority.

In the case of foreign-born naturalized U.S. citizens, Farmland sometimes required evidence of citizenship, such as certificates of naturalization or U.S. passports, even when those individuals had other means of proving their work authority.

A Farmland Foods spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment on the settlement.

From meatingplace.com : http://www.meatingplace.com/MembersOnly/webNews/details.aspx?item=26071
Oldtimer said:
And the sad thing is that the last President/Administration that actively enforced the border/illegal immigrant issue was Dwight D Eisenhower in 1954 with Operation Wetback....Every other administration (including Reagan who signed an Amnesty law that was supposed to the prosecute employers of illegals- but never did) has looked the other direction as either the corporates supported by the Republicans (Chamber of Commerce, Construction Industry, Farmers, Big Industry, Packers etc) or the Democrats supported by the minority organizations and looking for more voters have stuffed dollars into the pockets of both parties :( ...
Check the date on this. When is the last raid on a packing plant that anyone remembers? Was Bush in office?

Large Iowa Meatpacker in Illegal Immigrant Raid Files for Bankruptcy


Published: November 5, 2008

The kosher meatpacking company in Iowa that has been struggling with criminal charges and huge fines for labor violations, a dwindling work force and declining demand among Jewish consumers since an immigration raid at its main plant, has filed for bankruptcy.

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Liz Martin/Cedar Rapids Gazette, via Associated Press

Agriprocessors, a large meatpacker in Iowa, filed for bankruptcy six months after 389 immigrant workers were arrested.

The filing late Tuesday by Agriprocessors Inc. signaled the demise of a company that has been operated by a single family: the owner, Aaron Rubashkin, and his son Sholom, who built the company into the country's dominant supplier of kosher meat.

The company began to founder after 389 illegal immigrants, about half its work force, were arrested on May 12 in a raid at its plant in Postville, Iowa. The immigrants reported under-age employees and what they said were abusive work conditions to the authorities.
Are you telling us Oldtimer lied about Bush taking an 8 years coffee break? :shock: :? :???:

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