ICE Fines Abercrombie & Fitch $1m for Faulty Electronic I-9 System; No Unauthorized Workers Found

On September 28, 210, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced a $1,047,100 fine and settlement reached with Abercrombie & Fitch for violations of workforce compliance laws. The fine and settlement arose out of a November, 2008 I-9 audit of the company’s stores in Michigan. The audit revealed numerous technology-related deficiencies in the company’s electronic I-9 system but did not find any unauthorized workers employed by the company. ICE acknowledged the company’s full cooperation in the investigation and in the company’s post audit measures to prevent future violations. According to ICE “This settlement should serve as a warning to other companies that may not yet take the employment verification process seriously or provide it the attention it warrants.”