Dunkin’ targets illegals: Sues West Concord franchisee

…“knowingly and purposefully breached” its franchise agreement by “violating” federal immigration and employment laws at its shop. The suit said owners “knowingly accepted false identification documents” for hiring purposes. Dunkin’ also said the company failed to keep up its franchise fees, or the percentage of the shop’s total gross sales.

The Boston Globe`
April 14, 2007

Dunkin’ targets illegals: Sues West Concord franchisee
Jay Fitzgerald

Dunkin’ Donuts appears to be cracking down on undocumented immigrants working at its franchises, and is accusing one franchisee in West Concord of not complying with laws.

The giant Canton-based donut and coffee chain earlier this week filed a lawsuit against a lone franchisee, West Concord Donuts Inc., claiming it had hired undocumented workers at its Dunkin’ outlet.

The suit also says the owners of the franchise at 1191 Main St. in West Concord didn’t keep up with promised licensing fees. The company, via its franchise units, is seeking to yank its franchise agreement with West Concord Donuts Inc., according to the suit.

An owner of the West Concord Dunkin’ Donuts outlet declined comment and referred questions to the main corporation.

A spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation. But he said that last June, Dunkin’ agreed to voluntarily participate in the so-called “basic pilot” computer system that allows employers to verify whether workers are legally in the country and have Social Security numbers.

The federal government has been steadily clamping down on illegal immigrants working in the United States. In one of the more high-profile cases in recent years, Homeland Security agents last month raided a New Bedford apparel company, Michael Bianco Inc., and rounded up hundreds of illegal immigrants working at the facility.

In its suit, Dunkin’ says West Concord Donuts “knowingly and purposefully breached” its franchise agreement by “violating” federal immigration and employment laws at its shop. The suit said owners “knowingly accepted false identification documents” for hiring purposes.

Dunkin’ also said the company failed to keep up its franchise fees, or the percentage of the shop’s total gross sales.

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