The possibility of a prison term should put the issue of hiring illegals into perspective for HR managers.
Last month, Jose Humberto Gonzalez was sentenced to six months of home confinement after pleading guilty to hiring hundreds of illegal aliens when he served as HR manager for an electrical transformer plant in Laurel, MS.
He was facing up to five years in prison, but a federal judge decided the home detention would be more appropriate, according to a story on The Word on Employment Law blog. Gonzalez also paid a $4,000 fine.
Gonzalez was accused of continuing to hire workers even after learning their employment eligibility documentation was bogus. He claimed he was following management orders.
Biggest in history?
According to news accounts, more than 600 illegal immigrants were arrested in a federal raid on Howard Industries in 2008.
The company was charged with conspiracy to violate immigration laws and agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine.