Friday, February 17, 2006

Judge approved $1.3 million suit against businesses that employ illegal immigrants

Dallas Morning News--

Employees beginning to strike back in the courts and filing suits against employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens to depress wages under federal racketeering laws Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), originally conceived to hammer the Mafia.
According to Dallas Morning News A handful of similar suits have already been filed under RICO, and last month a judge approved a $1.3 million settlement in one of them.
The plaintiffs in the Georgia case – four women who are suing as a class – argue that Mohawk conspired to artificially and illegally depress wages by hiring illegal immigrants. Mohawk has vigorously denied any illegal conduct.
The Georgia case was made possible by a 1996 change to the RICO statute that includes those who knowingly hire illegal workers. It gives workers the right to sue – and for triple damages.

The article also contends that the illegal immigrant workers have used the RICO statute against employers. "In October 2003, the federal government raided dozens of Wal-Mart stores 21 states, including Texas. VictorZavala and other janitors who were detained sued Wal-Mart under the labor statutes and RICO. The alleged systematic violation of immigration, wage, hour and other laws for the "profit and benefit" of the company."

About RICO

RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, Pub. L. No. 91-452, 84 Stat. 922 (Oct. 15, 1970). RICO is codified as Chapter 96 of Title 18 of the United States Code, 18 U.S.C. § 1961 through 18 U.S.C. § 1968.
Under RICO, a person or group who commits any two of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period and, in the opinion of the U. S. Attorney bringing the case, has committed those crimes with similar purpose or results can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and/or sentenced to 20 years in prison. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of "racketeering activity." The act also contains a civil component that allows plaintiffs to sue for triple damages. [Wikipedia]

6 Comments:

Blogger MAX Redline said...

That's some great news, Robin! Adds some warmth to an otherwise chilly morning, for sure!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

here's I think we need to make the distinction. It is really NOT about race or diversity, it is about legality.

What really scares me and I'm starting to see this happen especially in Congress [who we know is out of touch with the nation anyways] is a congressman whose name escapes me at the moment, is pushing to get rid of all All immigration.

That is not the message that we are trying to send out.

I have seen this before we're an issue is taken totally out of context and made into a race issue in which hatred feeds upon.

as Lars Larson has said and I fully agree with him, "I am not against immigration, I am against ILLEGAL immigration."

9:03 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.19
michael kors outlet, prada handbags, louis vuitton, replica watches, gucci outlet, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, prada outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, jordan shoes, longchamp outlet, burberry, louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, ugg boots, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, uggs on sale, ugg boots, ugg boots, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, replica watches, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, burberry outlet online, nike free, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike air max, michael kors outlet, louboutin outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, michael kors, nike outlet, louboutin

12:03 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

michael kors, coach outlet, air force, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, longchamp pas cher, michael kors, hermes, michael kors, true religion outlet, lacoste pas cher, kate spade outlet, timberland, north face, nike blazer, coach factory outlet, vanessa bruno, coach outlet, air jordan pas cher, air max, north face, oakley pas cher, new balance pas cher, nike roshe run, lululemon, ralph lauren pas cher, burberry, hogan, true religion jeans, hollister pas cher, coach purses, converse pas cher, kate spade handbags, nike free, true religion jeans, sac longchamp, vans pas cher, chanel handbags, hollister, true religion jeans, tn pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors, sac guess, louboutin pas cher

12:06 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ralph lauren uk, north face outlet, abercrombie and fitch, babyliss, giuseppe zanotti, asics running shoes, nike air max, longchamp, jimmy choo shoes, wedding dresses, nike air max, nike roshe, mac cosmetics, ferragamo shoes, mcm handbags, p90x workout, north face outlet, reebok shoes, hollister, soccer jerseys, mulberry, ghd, beats by dre, soccer shoes, insanity workout, birkin bag, nike trainers, nfl jerseys, bottega veneta, hollister, nike huarache, vans shoes, baseball bats, herve leger, lululemon, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, instyler, chi flat iron, nike free run uk, nike roshe, new balance, celine handbags, nike air max, valentino shoes

12:07 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

karen millen, pandora jewelry, iphone 6 cases, swarovski crystal, louis vuitton, hollister, toms shoes, oakley, pandora jewelry, coach outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, ray ban, thomas sabo, marc jacobs, swarovski, michael kors outlet online, louboutin, bottes ugg, supra shoes, converse outlet, vans, sac louis vuitton pas cher, converse, doke gabbana outlet, michael kors outlet, wedding dresses, replica watches, louis vuitton, lancel, timberland boots, hollister, pandora charms, ugg boots uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, michael kors handbags, ugg pas cher, pandora charms, montre pas cher, juicy couture outlet, gucci, juicy couture outlet, nike air max, ralph lauren, links of london, ugg,uggs,uggs canada
ninest123 09.19

12:09 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home