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Monday, October 09, 2006

McDonald’s Controls our Immigration Policy

Illegal immigrants sue Wendy's

The Associated Press, Oct. 6, 2006, 11:50PM

HOUSTON — A group of illegal immigrants who worked for Wendy's International Inc. is suing the restaurant chain because the company fired them after discovering it had missed a deadline for joining a federal program that would have helped them attain legal status.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in state district court in Houston, is a companion to a similar class-action suit filed last month in Dallas against Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's, its subsidiary Cafe Express and the Houston-based business law firm Boyar & Miller.
The immigrants, who worked for Cafe Express, are seeking unspecified damages.
Between the two lawsuits, 40 illegal immigrants say they were fired after the company recently found that Boyar & Miller, the law firm Wendy's had hired, never filed paperwork for a 2001 legalization program that allowed immigrants with employer sponsorship or an American spouse to apply for citizenship.
Once the discovery was made, Wendy's was forced by law to fire the employees because of their illegal status. Immigrants in the program would have been insulated from being fired…
Wendy's and Cafe Express say the number of immigrants affected statewide is 22 - 16 who were fired, and six who left on their own after hearing the news.
But attorneys for the immigrants estimate that the number is closer to 100, even though only 40 are named in the suits…

There it is folks. Illegal immigrants who worked for Wendy’s are now suing Wendy’s in US Courts because Wendy’s did not get them their citizenship, while they worked for the company, after being hired illegally, entering the country illegally, and working in the country illegally. Or is working in a fast food restaurant a job that “Americans won’t do” either?


Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

OH, this lonely little post has been lost in the shuffle. Don't worry little post, I'll pay attention to you. As someone who really does hate to see frivilous lawsuits, I'm surprised that I actually can see the point of this one. If they were hired, with the understanding that Wendy's would help them become LEGAL, and then Wendy's conveniently "forgets" to do it, and fires them, and moves on, they've got a gripe. Yes, they did come over illegally, I won't even try to argue that one, but they were interested in righting their wrong. Wendy's then probably replaced said aliens with smart ass teenagers who spit in burgers and repeatedly get the order wrong. So the level of quality never actually wavers.

Fri Oct 13, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

One more good reason not to buy or consume fast food.

But I do enjoy my Taco Bell.

Sun Oct 15, 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But the issue is not only whether this is a frivolous lawsuit, but if this is a good immigration practice. Should the US allow individuals to illegally enter the country to be illegally hired to work in an industry like fast food with the promise that for breaking the law twice, they will be rewarded with citizenship? And explain to me how fast food is a job that “Americans wont do.”

Sun Oct 15, 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Who said it was a job that AMericans won't do? The only allusion to that was in YOUR intial post. What the crap, Publius? Don't put words in peoples mouths. It probably isn't a good practice, offering citizenship, but if it starts to move things towards being on the up and up, at least they'd be paying taxes. How does a business go about that anyway? Oh, yeah, we hired a bunch of these illegals,, we're gonna need some paperwork to make them legal. Nuts.

Mon Oct 16, 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

My point is that there is no reason to hire illegals to work fast food jobs, there are Americans who will take those jobs. My other point is that illegals shouldn’t be rewarded with citizenship because they work at McDonalds, especially when they came here illegally, were hired illegally, and stayed in this country illegally.

Wed Oct 18, 04:53:00 AM  

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