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More janitors fired after immigration audit

March 15, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Federal immigration authorities have identified a second large janitorial company operating in Minnesota that has hired workers who don''t have proper documentation, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The union representing workers at Harvard Maintenance says the company is dismissing 240 janitors — more than half its Twin Cities workforce, the article noted.

Two years ago, more than 1,200 janitors at ABM, another large commercial cleaning company, lost their jobs after a similar immigration audit, the article stated.

According to the article, employers caught with undocumented immigrants on the payroll can face civil fines and possible criminal charges.

ABM signed a non-disclosure agreement with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by MPR News show ABM was fined $108,000 — or about $85 for each janitor who was dismissed, the article added.

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