Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, admitted yesterday to hiring an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper for years. According to a statement released to the Washington Post, Puzder claims that he was unaware of the woman’s immigration status when he hired her. When he learned that she was not legally permitted to work in the United States, he “immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status,” adding that, “we have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork.”
Questions abound about Puzder, who runs CKE Restaurants (the parent company of Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.) and has been a vocal opponent of raising the minimum and faces accusations of labor and wage violations at CKE’s fast food outlets. Further, his confirmation hearing, which was delayed for the fourth time last week, has now been delayed indefinitely due to Puzder’s failure to submit required paperwork detailing his finances and potential conflicts of interest.
Read about the undocumented worker controversy from the Washington Post here.
Read more about Puzder’s confirmation delays from The Atlantic here.