UnHappy Meal: McDonald's Franchise Fined for Hiring Undocumented Worker

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Talk about an (un)happy meal! 

A company in Kansas has been slapped with a heavy fine for knowingly hiring an undocumented worker, reports the Huffington Post. McCalla Corporation, a franchise that owns six McDonald's restaurants around the city of Wichita, Kansas, will pay a $400,000 fine for employing a supervisor who presented the company with false proof of eligibility to work. The employee worked for the company from May 2009 to September 2012. 

The company is just one of several other fast food owners and operators who have been inspected and hit with fines, thanks to a harder look at immigration and undocumented workers by officials, due to the upcoming election and a split stance on the issues. Chipotle announced in May that they were facing a criminal investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over hiring practices. The investigation came months after the chain fired hundreds of employees in Minnesota, after workers turned in fraudulent forms for hire, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Homeland Security had hundreds of companies turn over their hiring records for inspection earlier this year. Since Obama has taken office, more than 7,000 businesses have been suspected of hiring undocumented workers, with roughly $100 million in fines given out. 

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