A $1.3 million fine for hiring practices, for a simple restaurant, strikes me as more than a tad excessive.
The indictment says the company’s managers, including Malécot and Kauffmann, would certify on required Employment Verification Forms, known as I-9 forms, that documents employees gave them appeared to be genuine and they appeared to the best of their knowledge to be eligible to work in the U.S.
Workers were then put on the payroll. But later, the Social Security Administration would send “no match” letters to the restaurant, saying that the Social Security numbers provided did not match the names of the actual holders of those numbers.
At that point, the indictment said, the workers would be taken off the payroll and paid in cash under the table, until they acquired employment documents that included new Social Security numbers. Those would also be sent in, with the restaurant attesting they appeared genuine.
It boiled down to 60 hours a week for $200 cash. Yikes.
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