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Jason LeVecke, the franchisee who ran the restaurants, had to fire approximately 1,200 apparently undocumented immigrants in a matter of days. To keep his restaurants afloat, he said he turned to CKE Restaurants Holdings, owner of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains, and its chief executive, Andy Puzder. Puzder is now President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary.

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The audit and its aftermath underscore an uncomfortable fact for Puzder, whose Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16: The fast food industry he’s worked in and represented for years relies heavily on undocumented workers from Mexico and other countries. Although the workers may be technically employed cheap moncler jackets by franchisees, their cheap labor benefits the brands that adorn their uniforms and the fast food executives who run them. executives for availing themselves of foreign labor; and promised to build a wall along the Mexican border moncler sale outlet in order to keep undocumented workers out of America’s restaurants and construction sites. As HuffPost reported this week, Puzder also personally employed an undocumented worker at his home.

cheap moncler LeVecke is a grandson of Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher, and he’s been a vocal critic of Puzder’s leadership of CKE. In recent years, he and his brother Carl were sued by several of their business partners, including their mother, for alleged fraud in dealings through their franchise group. Those lawsuits were settled. cheap moncler

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moncler outlet sale Fast food companies profit from their franchisees’ business. CKE, for instance, collects 4 percent of a franchisee’s gross sales. But it’s usually just the franchisees who wind up in trouble when regulators cheap moncler outlet come knocking, since they are formally considered the employers under the law. moncler outlet sale

The arrangement offers CKE plenty of plausible deniability in the case of an ICE audit, as Puzder’s spokesman, George Thompson, reminded HuffPost when asked for comment for this article.

moncler outlet jackets « It would be inappropriate to comment on the activities of a company that Mr. Puzder did not manage, » Thompson said in an email. He did not address moncler mens jackets LeVecke’s claim that CKE’s in house counsel feared getting involved in the audit. moncler outlet jackets

moncler sale outlet An ICE spokeswoman would not confirm or deny details of the audit, which was first reported in May 2016 by Franchise Times, a trade publication, in a story about the feud between CKE and the LeVeckes. In that article, Puzder said « a franchisee’s illegal employees are not our responsibility. » moncler sale outlet

The list was devastating.. We had to fire people who had done nothing but work their asses off for us.

Jason LeVecke, who operated 180 Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.

cheap moncler outlet Julie Pace, a lawyer who oversaw the audit for LeVecke, told HuffPost that CKE kept its distance from its franchisee during the ordeal, which struck her as unusual for a fast food chain. She’s dealt with other big brands during audits, she said, and they’re often willing to help with staffing to make moncler outlet online sure the franchisee weathers the crisis and the stores stay open. cheap moncler outlet

« That was not the approach that was cheap moncler sale taken by » CKE, Pace said. « They didn’t want to get involved in helping monlcer down jackets or addressing it. They have [corporate Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.] restaurants that they operate. That was the issue there. »

cheap moncler jackets sale In an August speech recently unearthed by CNN, Puzder said that his chain had problems with undocumented workers, but cleared them up with the advent of E Verify, the government’s web based system employers use to verify the identify of job applicants. Thompson, the Puzder spokesman, said the implementation of E Verify at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. stores « significantly reduced the number of inadvertently hired undocumented workers. » cheap moncler jackets sale

LeVecke had been using E Verify for years before his Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants were subjected to the audit, Pace said. He had his highest proportion of undocumented workers in Arizona, where E Verify has been mandatory since 2008. According to Pace, many workers who turn up undocumented in an audit may have come onboard before the use of E Verify, while others may have bypassed it with someone else’s name and Social Security number.

moncler factory outlet Many workers broke down crying at the news of the audit, cheap moncler jackets recalled LeVecke, a Republican who’s publicly opposed hardline immigration laws. moncler factory outlet

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The Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. outlets owned by LeVecke were hardly the first fast food restaurants swept up in an immigration crackdown. In 2011, burrito chain Chipotle fired hundreds of workers in Minnesota and other states after a probe of its I 9 employment forms by ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Despite former President Barack Obama’s reputation for being lax on immigration, his administration aggressively cheapmoncler carried out audits that resulted in civil penalties for companies and layoffs for workers.

moncler jacket sale LeVecke and his brother ended up filing for bankruptcy, and an Arizona court sold their Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. locations to one of moncler outlet store their investors last year. Some of the landlords of their restaurants are still trying to recover money through the LeVeckes’ bankruptcy cases. moncler jacket sale

As for the undocumented workers, LeVecke said some have gained moncler outlet sale legal status and found jobs elsewhere, though others are going through deportation proceedings.

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