Busted: Abercrombie & Fitch Fined $1M for Violating Immigration Law

By Kelsey Duckett

Detroit Free PressFeds fine Abercrombie & Fitch $1M

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Detroit said Tuesday that it had levied one of its largest fines — $1 million — against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for violations of federal immigration law at its Michigan stores.

One word: Stupid.

Was it worth it Abercrombie & Fitch? One tip puts you $1 million in the hole, and for what?

According to the article, the retailer, based in New Albany, Ohio, did not verify the employment eligibility of its workers and lacked the necessary documentation to ensure its workers were eligible to work.

It just doesn’t make sense because the law requires employers to verify with documents such as, birth certificates and social security numbers, to ensure its workers are eligible for hire. At what point, and who within the company thought this would be a good idea that would never surface — come on.

A fine this big was meant to send a message: employee documentation is just as important to the government as financial records.

In the article Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations for Ohio and Michigan, said “this settlement should serve as a warning to other companies that may not yet take the employment verification process seriously…”

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