Monday, March 21, 2005

Wal-Mart Dodges Criminal Charges for Use of Illegal Immigrants

Wal-Mart and the Department of Justice reached a civil settlement over the company's use of illegal immigrants in its stores who were hired by floor-cleaning contractors.  The investigation, which had been going on for over four years and involved raids in 2003 at various Wal-Mart stores in 21 states, resulted in the company paying an $11 million civil penalty, the largest immigration civil settlement ever, and setting up an internal compliance program to monitor hiring. Various contractors who actually hired the illegal immigrants to work in the stores agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges.  See an AP story (here) and Wal-Mart press release (here) discussing the settlement. (ph)

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