240 Minnesota janitors dismissed following immigration audit

An audit of employment records for a New York-based custodial firm has led to the dismissal of about 240 of the company’s employees in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited Harvard Maintenance Inc., the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently announced, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The SEIU said that the terminations began in March, with fired workers receiving letters that read in part, “You are not legally authorized to hold employment in the United States,” reports the news source.

The news provider reports that it is unclear why Harvard Maintenance was the focus of the audits. The company employs about 3,500 people around the country and began operations in Minnesota in 2003.

This wasn’t the first round of dismissals that resulted from immigration audits as 450 undocumented workers at Chipotle restaurants in the North Star State were fired after an investigation that took place last year.

The Minneapolois Star-Tribune reports that the local ICE office in Bloomington would neither confirm or deny the existence of any investigations or audits that it had conducted.