A Wichita company fined for hiring undocumented worker
A Wichita company has pleaded guilty to knowing a McDonald's manager was an undocumented worker.
A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas showed, The McCalla Corporation, owner of six McDonald's restaurants in Wichita agreed to pay $ 300,000 in fines and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment. The case is the second time this year that a Kansas company has been charged with knowingly employing undocumented workers.
“Any employer who knowingly or negligently hires undocumented workers is violating federal law and contributing to the problem of illegal immigration,” U.S. Attorney for Kansas, Barry Grissom said. “Kansas employers should be on notice that they have a responsibility to monitor their hiring practices and to help us safeguard this nation by hiring and maintaining a lawful workforce.” Similar investigations are underway."
In the guilty plea, McCalla Corporation admitted that it knowingly employed an undocumented worker. McCalla Corporation owns McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita at 1630 S. Hillside, 11989 E. Kellogg, 501 E. Pawnee, 1219 S. Rock Road, 2418 S. Seneca and 1645 S. Webb Road. The company admitted that in March 2011 the company’s director of operations became aware that one of its store managers was using a Social Security number not assigned to her. The director of operations told the McDonald’s store manager she needed to provide him new documents to confirm her eligibility to work.
The news release stated that two days later, the store manager presented a resident alien identification card. The director of operations knew the new card was not genuine. He knew that it takes weeks, not just two days, for a foreign national to obtain a resident alien card. Nevertheless, he updated the store manager’s paperwork and McCalla Corporation took no further action concerning her employment. The store manager continued working as a store manager from May 2009 to September 2012.
According to court records, investigators learned that five of the six McCalla Corporation McDonald’s store managers were unlawfully in the United States at the time they were employed, as were many other employees. “Any attempt to minimize or excuse this kind of conduct is unacceptable,” Grissom said. “ We know these practices are widespread, and investigations similar to the McCalla case are underway."