Stuffing I-9 Drawer Won’t Make Problems Go Away

Employer DLS Precision Fab was appealing a $305,050 penalty for more than 500 immigration law violations when they attempted to argue that it had made a good-faith effort to comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by hiring a well-credentialed HR director. The company claims that it had no idea that it was violating the law and in trouble with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The appeal included Form I-9 shortcomings and knowingly employing 15 individuals ineligible to work in the United States. The appeals court was not persuaded to believe that hiring a qualified HR director would help absolve all of its violations.

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