Hardee's CEO and labor secretary nominee admits hiring undocumented immigrant

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 7, 2017

Announcing his pick back in December Trump said in a release: ' Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor.

CNN reported late Monday that Andrew Puzder admitted in a statement that he had hired an undocumented household worker for years.

President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary says a housekeeper he previously employed at his home was an undocumented worker.

Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife were unaware the housekeeper was not legally permitted to work in the USA during the years they employed her.

Andy Puzder has yet to fill out the majority of his vetting documents - including ones about his financial holdings - for the Senate committee that will interview before his full nomination hearing.


Puzder said when he learned the woman was in the country without permission and not legally able to work in the US, he ended her employment.

Puzder added that all the back taxes owed to the IRS and the state of California have been paid and all required paperwork regarding the undocumented woman has been submitted. Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee that will handle Puzder's confirmation hearing.

Puzder's hearing has been postponed four times, and no date is now set for it.

On Monday, Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants (the company that owns the fast food restaurants Hardee's and Carl's Jr.), admitted to employing an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, according to a disclosure he made to the White House, the Huffington Post reported. His hearing was delayed for the fourth time last week and has yet to be rescheduled.

Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the panel, said on Tuesday she was troubled by the delay and by stories from workers for CKE's primarily franchised fast-food restaurants who have come forward in recent weeks to complain about wage theft and other labor conditions.

In 2001, President George W. Bush's choice for Labor secretary, Linda Chavez, withdrew her nomination amid reports that she had employed an undocumented immigrant a decade earlier.

President Clinton's first two nominations for attorney general - Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood - withdrew themselves for considerations for the job after it was revealed both had hired illegal aliens to provide nanny help.

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