Wal-Mart Settles Out of Court - Says Store Will Try Harder to Follow Immigration Laws


This one is too rich.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer, agreed to pay $11 million to settle a federal investigation that found it used hundreds of illegal immigrants to clean its stores, government and company officials said today.

U.S. officials described the settlement's dollar figure as the largest of its kind.

In addition, 12 businesses that provided contract janitor services to Wal-Mart will pay $4 million in fines and plead guilty to criminal immigration charges, officials said.

Essentially, companies looking to save money will shut down their own custodial operations, and outsource to subcontractors. The subs sometimes break laws to achieve lower costs. Legal violations are almost inevitable, because the subs, somehow, manage to do the same work for less money... for a company that was already paying close to minimum wage.