County Attorney Andrew Thomas issued a press release this week announcing that his office has filed the state’s first employer sanctions case, a civil complaint against an employer accused of violating the Legal Arizona Worker’s Act. The civil action alleges that a Scottsdale company allegedly hired illegal labor deliberately by using a “subcontractor” which was in reality an employee who was not authorized to work in the United States.
According to the release, in January 2009, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office made a number of identity theft arrests after learning illegal immigrants were employed at the business. The civil complaint alleges that an illegal worker who voluntarily returned to Mexico returned to Arizona and created a company to provide services and labor solely for the the charged company. The complaint alleges that the company, which was formed in April 2009, was established to circumvent the Legal Arizona Worker’s Act.
You can read the entire press release here
Many states are either implementing or contemplating similar laws so this case will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.