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Restaurant workers fired re employment immigration issue

Issues surrounding upgrades in screening processes used by employers in Georgia and other states to verify the legal statuses of workers has led to many workers facing legal challenges in the restaurant industry. A recent incident in another state involved at least 30 workers who were apparently abruptly terminated from their positions. A stricter employment immigration screening process reportedly had something to do with it.

The restaurant is said to have been acquired by another company. Following that acquisition, all workers were required to re-submit their background checks. The employers were apparently planning to use an online screening process known as, "e-verify" to determine the legal statuses of the employees. 

Reportedly, the 30 workers mentioned above were fired from their jobs just after the results of the screening process were revealed. Some have lamented that the nation lacks appropriate means to help create a path to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants who are part of the working class in the United States. The restaurant industry is one that is heavily comprised of immigrant workers. Many have claimed that the new screening process could have a significant negative effect on the food service industry and its workers.

E-verify has heretofore been a voluntary process; however, many states, including Georgia, are now requiring its use. With approximately 1.4 million immigrant workers in the restaurant industry, it is likely that these issues will present legal challenges for many of them. Anyone in need of legal guidance regarding the issue can contact an experienced employment immigration attorney to discuss the situation.

Source: eater.com, "Will the Restaurant Industry Survive Stricter Immigration Screenings?", Amy Mccarthy, March 4, 2016

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