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February 25, 2016

Thirty Vetri restaurant workers out of job after failed immigration background checks

The more than two-dozen flagged employees were found to be not legally able to work in the U.S.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, more than two-dozen Vetri restaurant workers have been forced out of their jobs over failed immigration background checks, part of a new standard of background testing put into place since Urban Outfitters acquired the restaurant brand last year.

Philadelphia restaurateur and brand namesake Marc Vetri confirmed to Philadelphia Magazine that 30 of his more than 400 current employees lost their positions after having to submit to E-Verify screening, an online process used by  Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to determine work eligibility in the United States.

Prospective future employees of Vetri will also have to submit to this more stringent process.

Vetri told Philadelphia Magazine he was unhappy about the situation, which included losing, at least, one 10-year veteran of the restaurant business, and many good friends. “But this is what America is … there’s no real road for them to get legal.”

Read the full report at Philadelphia Magazine.